Johnson & Johnson Seeks FDA Clearance for Booster Doses

Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to approve a booster shot of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years and older. J&J’s application indicatded that a late-stage study shows that a booster dose given …

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BioNTech CEO Says Updated COVID-19 Vaccines May Be Needed in 2022

The head of BioNTech, the German company behind the first COVID-19 vaccine, said that the world will likely need new vaccines next year to protect against mutations of the virus. Ugur Sahin, CEO of BioNTech, told the Financial Times that …

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Indonesia Negotiating with WHO to Become Global Vaccine Hub

Indonesian Health Minister said Indonesia is negotiating with the World Health Organization (WHO) and six drug companies to become a global vaccine hub.  “We are working with the WHO to be one of the global manufacturing hubs for mRNA,” Health …

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Everest Medicines Purchases Canadian mRNA Vaccine Rights in $670 Million Deal

Chinese biopharmaceutical firm Everest Medicines has inked two definitive agreements to license an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine from Canada’s Providence Therapeutics Holdings, the two companies announced on Monday. The move reflects the pharmaceutical firms’ aim to bring a very effective inoculation …

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Pfizer Starts Mid-to-Late-stage Trial of Oral Antiviral Therapy for COVID-19

Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. Inc.’s commenced the latest trial for their developing oral antiviral drugs for COVID-19 in combatting the rise of potentially terminal virus-related illnesses. Reuters reported that Pfizer’s recent mid-to-late stage trial will sign up 1,140 …

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Black Particles Found in Moderna Vaccine Less than a Week after Contaminated Batch was Suspended

Japan reported several black particles found in one Moderna vaccine vial in Gunma Prefecture upon checking for foreign substances before its use on Tuesday. This new contamination report was the fourth incident in less than a week, only a few …

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