Five steps to urgently advance COVID-19 vaccine equity
Innovative vaccine manufacturers and biotech companies are at the forefront of the global effort to develop and manufacture COVID-19 vaccines. This massive effort is succeeding. After more than 200 clinical trials and nearly 300 partnerships and collaborations among manufacturers worldwide, production has increased, in just a few months from zero to 2.2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of May with an astounding estimate of 11 billion doses by the end of 2021 (Airfinity data here). This will be enough doses to vaccinate the world’s adult population.
Critically, however, COVID-19 vaccines currently are not equally reaching all priority populations worldwide.
Manufacturers, governments, and non-governmental organizations must work together to take urgent steps to further address this inequity. Immediate action must focus on stepping up responsible dose sharing and maximizing productionwithout compromising quality or safety.
To do so, innovative vaccine manufacturers and biotech companies commit to:
STEP UP DOSE SHARING:
Immediately work with governments that have significant domestic supplies of COVID-19 vaccine doses to share a meaningful proportion of their doses with low- and lower-middle-income countries in a responsible and timely way through COVAX or other efficient established mechanisms;
Expend every effort to make additional uncommitted COVID-19 vaccine doses available to low- and lower-middle income countries, through COVAX or other efficient established mechanisms.
CONTINUE TO OPTIMIZE PRODUCTION:
Undertake all practicable efforts to maximize COVID-19 vaccine output without compromising safety and quality, including through additional collaborations with partners that can produce significant quantities;
Work with governments and individual suppliers of raw materials and components to determine how to quickly and safely facilitate scale up needed for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing.
CALL OUT TRADE BARRIERS TO BE ELIMINATED:
Identify trade barriers for critical input materials and support Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations’ (CEPI’s) effort to create an independent platform that would identify and address gaps in these inputs and facilitate voluntary matchmaking for fill and finish capacity through the newly established COVAX Supply Chain and Manufacturing Task Force;
Urge governments, in coordination with the World Trade Organization(WTO), to eliminate all trade and regulatory barriers to export and to adopt policies that facilitate and expedite the cross-border supply of key raw materials, essential manufacturing materials, vaccines along with the prioritized movement of skilled workforce needed for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing.
SUPPORT COUNTRY READINESS:
Partner with governments on COVID-19 vaccine deployment, particularly in low- and lower-middle income countries, to ensure that they are ready and able to deploy available doses within their shelf life;
Mitigate the risks to the production and deployment of other vaccines that remain vital to public health worldwide.
DRIVE FURTHER INNOVATION:
Prioritize the development of new COVID-19 vaccines, including vaccines effective against variants of concern;
Urge governments to guarantee unhindered access to pathogens (e.g. samples and sequences) of any COVID-19 variants to support the development of new vaccine and treatments.
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The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations.
The European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) represents the biopharmaceutical industry operating in Europe. Through its direct membership of 36 national associations, 39 leading pharmaceutical companies and a growing number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), EFPIA’s mission is to create a collaborative environment that enables our members to innovate, discover, develop and deliver new therapies and vaccines for people across Europe, as well as contribute to the European economy.
The International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA) is a coalition of non-profit, national biotechnology trade associations formed to promote public understanding of, and to advocate for, public policies that support the growth of the innovative biotechnology industries. The ICBA represents the global voice of the industry in international fora with the goal of promoting continued innovation in the human health, agriculture, and industrial and environmental sectors.
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) represents research-based pharmaceutical companies and associations across the globe. The research-based pharmaceutical industry’s 2 million employees research, develop and provide medicines and vaccines that improve the life of patients worldwide. Based in Geneva, IFPMA has official relations with the United Nations and contributes industry expertise to help the global health community find solutions that improve global health.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested nearly $1 trillion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $83 billion in 2019 alone.
Vaccines Europe was created in 1991 to provide a voice for the vaccine industry in Europe. The group represents vaccine companies of all sizes operating in Europe, and currently includes all the major global innovative and research-based vaccine companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises.
Young scientists from NUST MISIS have presented multilayer antibacterial coatings with a prolonged effect and a universal spectrum of action. The coating is based on modified titanium oxide and several antiseptic components. The coatings can be used in modern implantology as a protective layer for the prevention of concomitant complications – inflammation or implant rejection. The results of the work have been published in the international scientific journal Applied Surface Science. Antibacterial coatings are currently being actively researched, as the search for alternatives to traditional antibiotics is growing. They can be applied to implants, thereby preventing inflammation caused by nosocomial infections. Nevertheless, the creation of antibacterial, but at the same time biocompatible and bioactive surfaces is a problem that the scientific community has been solving for many years, and the “dream materials” have not been developed. Young scientists from the NUST MISIS Laboratory of Inorganic Nanomaterials have created an innovative multilayer coating that synthesizes the protective properties of nanoparticles, biopolymers, anticoagulants and antibiotics. The antibiotic and silver nanoparticles provide an antibacterial effect, while heparin prevents bacterial cells from sticking to the tissue surface, which reduces the amount of antibacterial agent required. The method of obtaining a multilayer coating is a […]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Pfizer Inc.’s (PFE) PREVNAR 20 or Pneumococcal 20-valent Conjugate Vaccine for the prevention of invasive disease and pneumonia caused by the 20 Streptococcus pneumoniae or pneumococcus serotypes in the vaccine in adults ages 18 years and older.
The acquisition includes Teneobio’s proprietary bispecific and multispecific antibody technologies, which will enable significant acceleration and efficiency in the discovery and development of new molecules.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) and Panacea Biotec, one of the leading vaccine and pharmaceutical producers in India, today announced the launch of production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus. The first batch produced at Panacea Biotec’s facilities at Baddi will be shipped to the Gamaleya Center for quality control. Full-scale production of the vaccine is due to start this summer. Company’s facilities comply with GMP standards and are prequalified by WHO. Sputnik V was registered in India under the emergency use authorization procedure on April 12, 2021 and vaccination against coronavirus with the Russian vaccine started on May 14. As announced in April, RDIF and Panacea have agreed to produce 100 million doses per year of Sputnik V. To date Sputnik V has been registered in 66 countries globally with total population of over 3.2 billion people. Efficacy of Sputnik V is 97.6% based on the analysis of data on coronavirus infection rate among those in Russia vaccinated with both components of Sputnik V from December 5, 2020 to March 31, 2021. The vaccine is based on a proven and well-studied platform of human adenoviral vectors and uses two different vectors for […]
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Vladimir Rusinov, the Head of the Laboratory of Organic Synthesis of Ural Federal University, Corresponding Member of RAS, one of the creators of Triazavirin, told Rossiyskaya Gazeta why scientists have not yet invented a pill against coronavirus, how scientists managed to create vaccines against Covid pretty quickly and in what direction scientists are working now. The virus is mutating rapidly, right before our eyes: more than a dozen strains have already appeared since the pandemic began. It is incredibly difficult to catch up with it. Scientists can for a long time select a compound that will bind to the viral protein of a certain structure, but during mutation its structure may change, and the virus will become resistant to the drug, Vladimir Rusinov explained why scientists have not yet invented a cure for coronavirus. Moreover, the virus is not a cell, but an RNA particle covered with a protein shell, the chemist explains. The purpose of the virus is to penetrate into our cell at all costs, use it as an incubator for its own reproduction, and eventually kill the cell itself. Then break out and continue destroying other cells. Today, there are no drugs that specifically and invasively attack […]
Philip Morris International Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Fertin Pharma A/S (Fertin Pharma), a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative pharmaceutical and well-being products based on oral and intra-oral delivery systems, for an enterprise value of DKK 5.1 billion (approximately USD 820 million). “The acquisition of Fertin Pharma will be a significant step forward on our journey toward delivering a smoke-free future—enhancing our smoke-free portfolio, notably in modern oral, and accelerating our progress in beyond nicotine,” stated Jacek Olczak, Chief Executive Officer. “Both PMI and Fertin share a commitment to science and consumer-centric innovations for better living, and I am delighted we have reached this agreement. Fertin’s diverse portfolio of technologies, evolving business mix, and world-class expertise will enrich our innovation pipeline and capabilities, providing speed and scale in oral delivery to support our 2025 goals of generating more than 50% of our net revenues from smoke-free products and at least USD 1 billion from products beyond nicotine.” Fertin Pharma is a privately held company with more than 850 employees and operations in Denmark, Canada, and India. It is a leading contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), specializing in the research, development and production of […]
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) and Sanofi, one of the leading global pharmaceutical companies, agree to cooperate for joint implementation of digital healthcare projects in Russia. The corresponding announcement was made on June 4 on the sidelines of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Sanofi and RDIF are planning to engage in development, maintenance, management and commercialization of Virtual Healthcare products in Russia in four therapeutic areas, including hypertension and diabetes. The products include a range of Sanofi’s initiatives, such as combination of drug therapy and technology, standalone digital therapeutics and tech-enabled virtual healthcare (virtual clinics, telehealth and wearables). The agreement is part of RDIF’s strategy of promoting the leading healthcare technologies in Russia within the framework of RDIF.Healthcare division aiming to develop existing initiatives and launching new investment projects. Thanks to wide international network of partners and accumulated internal expertise, RDIF is implementing a number of leading anti-COVID projects in Russia and globally and is now joining efforts with Sanofi to develop new cutting-edge healthcare solutions in the future.
Governments around the world struggle with the logistical challenges of procuring, deploying and administering vaccines at scale. To deliver the vaccines, pharmaceutical companies, logistical partners and governments have come together to create a “cold chain” that ensures vaccines are kept at precise temperatures—adding a major layer of complexity to the delivery of vaccines. The Role of Good Distribution Practices Clearly there’s still much that can be done from a logistical standpoint to ensure the various vaccines are able to reach the people who need them. Complexity and challenges can be found throughout the vaccine cold chain, but one major factor working in our favor is the emergence of new technology and infrastructure that will help ensure the integrity of the vaccine cold chain. Good Distribution Practices (GDP) that describe calibration of all temperature measurement instruments and storage devices are moving from recommendations to requirement—and the quicker they’re adopted and integrated into vaccine logistics globally, the sooner the promise of vaccine prevention could help end the pandemic. GDP was created in U.S. by the FDA, but at present they’re only recommendations and not requirements. Unfortunately, during the pandemic little progress has been made in implementing them more fully, but if they had […]
The FDA evaluated information on the use of a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna Vaccines and determined that the administration of third vaccine doses may increase protection in this population.
The EpiVacCorona-N coronavirus vaccine will be released into civil circulation in the near future, Tatiana Nepomnyashchikh, a deputy head of the Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology, told TASS on Thursday. EpiVacCorona-N has not yet been released into the stream of commerce because we received the authorization only on Thursday. As soon as our industrial partners manufacture the series, the health regulator will give authorization for the release into the civil circulation. It will be in the near future, she said on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). The EpiVacCorona-N coronavirus vaccine developed by the Vector Center was registered with the Russian health ministry last Thursday. The Center’s chief, Rinat Maksyutov, said earlier that were are no principal differences between the EpiVacCorona and EpiVacCorona-N vaccines. According to Maksyutov, the vaccines differ by technological specifics of the production process. However, new clinical tests were needed all the same.
Isotope JSC (a part of Rusatom Healthcare JSC, Rosatom’s radiation technologies integrator) has signed a five-year contract with Brazil’s Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN; linked to the National Nuclear Energy Commission or CNEN) to supply lutetium-177 and actinium-225, the most promising medical isotopes in radiopharma. A long-term contract for monthly supplies of 177Lu-trichloride carrier-added became possible following a successful registration of lutetium-177 manufactured by INM JSC and approval of the Russian-made radioisotope for further registration of radiopharmaceutical DOT-IPEN-177 produced by IPEN/CNEN by the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa). The contract strengthens ROSATOM’s standing as the leading supplier of radioisotopes to the Latin American markets. This contract is the result of many years of meticulous work on both sides. It is of great social importance as it opens up new possibilities for the treatment of thousands of patients. With its unique technological base of research reactors, ROSATOM State Corporation produces the widest range of medical isotopes. One of the key tasks of Rusatom Healthcare and Isotope JSC is to increase the availability of radionuclide products which are the foundation of Nuclear Medicine. Collaboration with IPEN-CNEN is an example of international cooperation aimed to introduce high technologies to cancer treatment […]
This review contains the latest information related to inspection of manufacturers of veterinary medicinal products manufactured outside the Russian Federation for compliance with the requirements of the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). These inspections are conducted by specialists of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “The All-Russian State Center for Quality and Standardization of Veterinary Drugs and Feed” (FSBI “VGNKI”) subordinated to Rosselkhoznadzor. GMP rules Since January 2021, the GMP Rules of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU GMP Rules), approved by the Resolution of the EEC Council No. 77 of November 3, 2016, entered into force with respect to medicinal products for veterinary use . In January 2021, on the Official Internet Portal of Legal Information publication.pravo.gov.ru the Order of Rosselkhoznadzor No. 1231 of November 17, 2020 “On approval of the application form for issuing a conclusion on the compliance for a manufacturer (foreign manufacturer) of veterinary medicinal products with the GMP Rules requirements, the form of the inspection report based on the results of the inspection of the manufacturer (foreign manufacturer) of veterinary medicinal products for compliance with the GMP Rules requirements and the form of the conclusion on the compliance of the manufacturer (foreign manufacturer) of veterinary medicinal products with […]
Production of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at a plant in Spain can continue, the European Union drugs regulator said on Friday, while it carries out its investigation of a suspected metallic contamination incident.
European Union approval of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine will be delayed because a June 10 deadline to submit data was missed, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, diminishing the shot’s prospects in the EU’s pandemic response, – reports Reuters One of the sources, a German government official, said the failure to provide the necessary clinical trial data to the EU medicines watchdog would postpone any go-ahead in the bloc until at least September. “Approval of Sputnik will be delayed probably until September, maybe until the end of the year,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) had previously been expected to conclude its review of the Russian vaccine and issue a decision in May or June. A second source said the June 10 cut-off date not been met and that EMA had given the vaccine’s developer, Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, another week to file the required data. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which markets the vaccine, said the EMA review was on track. “All of the information on the Sputnik V vaccine clinical trials has been provided and GCP (General Clinical Practice) review has been completed with positive feedback from the […]
Joint-stock company “Grindeks” has invested 800 thousand euros in the site of production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and installed new, state-of-the-art laboratories and technological equipment for industrial production, which has allowed the unit to become multifunctional. After the investments, the facility will be used for the development and production of active pharmaceutical ingredients. They will be used for production of Grindeks finished dosage forms or medicines, as well as for export. The department has the opportunity to work with equipment with a volume of 100ml to 20l, which allows the production of various of active substances from milligrams to kilograms. To ensure the safety of workers and the protection of the environment, a reduced-pressure insulator with filtration systems has been installed for production to prevent highly effective API contact with humans and the environment. This is the first device of its kind in the Grindeks API factory. The site is also equipped with a modern monitoring and communication system for rapid response in case of non-standard situations. Chairman of the Council of JSC Grindeks Kirovs Lipmans: “For the Grindeks Group to be able to grow rapidly, investments are necessary for the development of production. Every year we invest at […]
Cuba will supply large quantities of its home-grown COVID-19 vaccine, Abdala, to Vietnam and also transfer the production technology to the Southeast Asian country by the end of the year, the Vietnamese health ministry said on Tuesday.
When an epidemic of smallpox came to the English village of Yetminster in 1774, Benjamin Jesty vaccinated his family with cowpox, and later Peter Plett repeated this experiment. The first known vaccines were developed in 1796, when Edward Jenner after finding a case of cowpox in a dairy maid collected matter from her pustules and inoculated an 8-year-old boy. In the 1870-80s, Louis Pasteur developed the first vaccines for anthrax and rabies. Autogenous vaccine (prepared from the bacteria harbored by the patient) was first introduced by Sir Almroth Edward Wright in 1903. In the following years, several case reports were published regarding the preparation and indications of autogenous vaccines. This article is dedicated to veterinary autogenous vaccines used to treat various animal infections. Important role of veterinary autogenous vaccines Today, autogenous vaccines play a much more important role than simply “filling the gap” where there are no commercial products currently available. They play a vital role in preventative health management programs, allowing veterinarians to stay close to the farm, better understand the existing disease status and as a result reduce the need for emergency treatments. This is particularly vital to ensure that antibiotics remain effective and available for use when […]
The Directors-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WTO agreed to enhance their support to members battling COVID-19 by collaborating on a series of workshops to augment the flow of information on the pandemic and by implementing a joint platform for tripartite technical assistance to member governments relating to their needs for medical technologies. As a result of their meeting on 15 June, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Daren Tang and Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala issued a joint statement. On June 15, 2021, we, the Directors General of WHO, WIPO and the WTO, met in a spirit of cooperation and solidarity to map out further collaboration to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and the pressing global challenges at the intersection of public health, intellectual property and trade. Acutely conscious of our shared responsibility to communities across the world as they confront a health crisis of unprecedented severity and scale, we pledged to bring the full extent of the expertise and resources of our respective institutions to bear in ending the COVID-19 pandemic and improving the health and well-being of all people, everywhere around the globe. We underscored our commitment to universal, equitable access to COVID-19 […]
VTB Capital has invested in the pharmaceutical holding company Binnopharm Group. Sistema’s wholly-owned subsidiary LLC Sistema Telecom Assets sold an 11.2% stake in Ristango Holding Limited, which owns 100% of the authorised capital of Binnopharm Group, to Nevsky Property Investments Limited (controlled by VTB Capital). The transaction totalled RUB 7 billion. As a result, Sistema’s effective stake in Binnopharm Group together with its financial partner (VTB Bank) stands at 75.3%; a consortium of investors consisting of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the Russia-China Investment Fund (co-founded by RDIF and China Investment Corporation) and leading Middle Eastern funds holds 12.5%; VTB Capital, represented by Nevsky Property Investments Limited, holds 11.2%. The remaining 1% of shares in Binnopharm Group are owned by a minority shareholder (an individual). Binnopharm Group is a full-cycle Russian pharmaceutical holding company that combines five production sites located in different regions of Russia: JSC Alium (formerly OBL Pharm in the Serpukhov district of the Moscow region), JSC Binnopharm (two sites: Zelenograd and Krasnogorsk), OJSC Sintez (Kurgan) and CJSC Biocom (Stavropol). The Binnopharm Group companies produce a wide range of drugs across therapeutic groups and have the largest portfolio of drugs among Russian manufacturers (more than 450 marketing […]
Human Vaccine LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund) announces the signing of an agreement for the supply of 220 million doses of two-dose Sputnik V Russian COVID-19 vaccine with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). This amount is sufficient to vaccinate 110 million people. The supply agreement with UNICEF for Sputnik V vaccine will broaden access to help meet vaccine demand around the world. Procurement and delivery of the vaccine by UNICEF is subject to the vaccine receiving WHO Emergency Use Listing. The decision is expected soon on the Sputnik V application for WHO Emergency Use Listing that was submitted in October 2020. Concurrently, RDIF will be holding a separate discussion with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to see the Sputnik V vaccine considered for inclusion in the COVAX Facility’s Portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines. The COVAX Facility (co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and WHO) together with UNICEF aims to help end the acute phase of the global pandemic by the end of 2021 by providing rapid, fair and equitable access to safe and effective vaccines to all participating countries and territories regardless of income level, thus enabling […]
There are currently 59 Ph. Eur. texts – covering a variety of topics including vaccines for human use, blood products, antibiotics, radiopharmaceuticals and containers – that refer to the RPT and will be affected.
It is envisaged to implement the project in three stages from 2021 to 2024, the amount of investment from the company “SOLYPHAR” will be more than 20 million US dollars, in accordance to the international GMP standards.
Today, the domestic COVID-19 vaccine QazVac has been officially registered in the Kyrgyz Republic! The Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic issued a registration certificate (KG.1.11159.08560-2021) on the state registration of the COVID-19 vaccine QazVac.
German biotechnology company BioNTech SE, based in Mainz, and Siemens intend to expand their strategic cooperation. The companies plan to intensify their collaboration for the rapid expansion and creation of production capacity for the Covid-19 vaccine. BioNTech has expressed its aim of establishing new production sites for Covid-19 vaccine production worldwide based on the Marburg plant and its technology, starting with a production facility in Singapore. In Marburg, BioNTech has converted an existing plant into a vaccine production facility with support from Siemens in just five months. Within this cooperation, Siemens will provide the latest automation and digitalization technologies for BioNTech production sites, such as design, simulation, and engineering software as well as process control technology.
The global active pharmaceutical ingredient market stood at around $190 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach approximately $300 billion by 2030. This can be attributed to the widening of the application area of drugs, expiration of patented biologics, increase in the incidence of chronic and lifestyle-associated diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, rise in the geriatric population, government initiatives to promote generic drugs, investments in biosimilars, increasing healthcare expenditure, and surging awareness about diseases. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns were imposed by the government in several countries across the world, which disrupted the supply chain and economic activity during the first half of 2020. However, established pharmaceutical and biotech companies, as well as research institutes, stepped forward to develop a treatment against the coronavirus, which had a positive impact on the API market. Due to High Investments by Major Players, Captive Category Held Larger Share The captive category held the larger share in the active pharmaceutical ingredient market during 2015–2020, and it is expected to retain its position in the upcoming years, based on the type of manufacturer. This can be attributed to the easy availability of raw materials and surging investments by the […]
This Combination Vaccine May Simplify Execution and Reduce Shots Needed to Complete CDC’s Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule VAXELIS™ (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis, Inactivated Poliovirus, Haemophilus b Conjugate and Hepatitis B Vaccine), developed as part of a U.S.-based partnership between Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, and Sanofi Pasteur, the global vaccines business unit of Sanofi, is now available in the U.S. VAXELIS is the first and only hexavalent (six-in-one) combination vaccine available in the U.S. indicated for active immunization to help prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, and invasive disease due to Haemophilus influenzae type b. VAXELIS is approved for use as a 3-dose series in children 6 weeks through 4 years of age (prior to the 5th birthday). Given the potential to reduce the number of shots by as many as three in the first six months of life, as compared to pentavalent vaccines plus hepatitis B or Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccines, VAXELIS represents an important option for healthcare professionals and parents, – said Joanne Monahan, senior vice president, U.S. Vaccines, Merck. – Merck and Sanofi have been in contact with the major insurers and the appropriate pricing […]
A Wuhan-based affiliate of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) said the start of operations at a new factory will raise the annual production capacity of its COVID-19 vaccine to at least 1 billion doses.
Walmart announced the launch of the first-ever private brand analog insulin, which will revolutionize the access and affordability to diabetes care by offering customers a significant price savings without compromising quality. Available exclusively through Walmart’s private ReliOn brand, the new offering includes analog insulin vials ($72.88) and FlexPen® ($85.88). These products will save customers1 between 58% to 75% off the cash price of branded analog insulin products, which translates to a savings of up to $101 per branded vial or $251 per package of branded FlexPens®. The new private label ReliOn™ NovoLog® Insulin (insulin aspart) injection, manufactured by Novo Nordisk, is available in Walmart pharmacies this week, and Sam’s Club pharmacies in mid-July across the United States. ReliOn™ NovoLog® is a rapid-acting insulin analog used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes. Customers will need a prescription in order to purchase the products and should always consult with their doctor regarding their diabetes management. “We know many people with diabetes struggle to manage the financial burden of this condition, and we are focused on helping by providing affordable solutions. We also know this is a condition that disproportionately impacts underserved populations. With ReliOn NovoLog® insulin, we’re […]
In October 2020, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) announced that from January 1, 2021, the Rules of Good Manufacturing Practice of the Eurasian Economic Union, approved by the Resolution of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission of November 3, 2016 No. 77, will come into force, in relation to medicinal products for veterinary use. Compliance with these Rules will be taken into account when issuing permits (licenses) to manufacturers of medicinal products for animals for these activities, as well as when inspecting them . In this short overview, we’ll look at some of the articles, presentations and documents that veterinary manufacturers may find useful. EAEU GMP rules The text of the Rules of Good Manufacturing Practice of the Eurasian Economic Union (the EAEU GMP Rules) is published on the website of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) in the section “Resolutions of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission” . The EAEU GMP rules were approved in 2016. They entered into force in 2017, with the exception of the provisions of these Rules concerning the requirements for the production of veterinary medicinal products. The requirements of the EAEU GMP Rules for the manufacture of veterinary medicinal […]
EMA has started evaluating an application for the use of a booster dose of Comirnaty to be given 6 months after the second dose in people aged 16 years and older. Booster doses are given to vaccinated people (i.e. people who have completed their primary vaccination) to restore protection after it has waned. EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) will carry out an accelerated assessment of data submitted by the company that markets Comirnaty, including results from an ongoing clinical trial in which around 300 adults with healthy immune systems received a booster dose approximately 6 months after the second dose. The CHMP will recommend whether updates to the product information are appropriate. The outcome of this evaluation is expected within the next few weeks, unless supplementary information is needed, and will be communicated by EMA. Separately, EMA is also assessing data from the literature on the use of an additional, third dose of an mRNA vaccine (Comirnaty or SpikeVax) in severely immunocompromised people (i.e., with weakened immune systems). People with severely weakened immune systems who do not achieve an adequate level of protection from their standard primary vaccination may need an ‘additional’ dose as part of their primary vaccination. EMA […]
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are severe chronic bowel diseases for which there are no effective drugs yet. The main approach in their therapy is to take drugs that reduce inflammation and restore the intestinal mucosa. At the same time, there are still no funds on the market that can gradually release an active substance inside the body, which could significantly increase the effectiveness of therapy. Under the leadership of the Federal State Budgetary Institution “CSP” of the FMBA of Russia, scientists from the N.N. DI Mendeleev developed a technology for obtaining such a dosage form: they created enteric capsules containing a biopolymer complex that releases an active substance at a controlled rate, which ensures a prolonged action and high bioavailability of the drug. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are severe chronic inflammatory bowel diseases of a non-infectious nature. According to statistics, they affect more than 23 million people around the world, while the frequency of detection of these diseases is increasing every year, and most often they are sick in developed countries and regions with a high level of urbanization. The exact figures for Russia are unknown, but according to various estimates, the prevalence of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s […]
A Russian military research unit that was involved in the development of Sputnik V is working on a new coronavirus vaccine in the form of chewing gum, the RBC news website reported Friday. The Defense Ministry’s 48th Central Research Institute collaborated with the state-run Gamaleya Research Institute in Moscow to develop and trial Sputnik V last year. Russia, facing accusations of rushing human trials, touted the adenoviral vector vaccine as the world’s first to be approved for widespread use. Citing an unnamed Defense Ministry source and confirmation from the 48th Central Research Institute’s director, RBC said “work is underway” toward developing a mucosal Covid-19 vaccine in the form of chewable tablets and pastilles. “After testing, the drug will be included in various treatment and prevention regimens for coronavirus,” the source was quoted as saying. Col. Sergei Borisevich, who heads the 48th Central Research Institute, confirmed work on the new vaccine but did not specify what stage it was at. Russia has registered a total of four coronavirus vaccines and has reached agreements with close to 70 countries on selling Sputnik V or sharing the technology to manufacture it. Moscow’s active efforts to market the two-shot vaccine around the world has been viewed […]
China has provided more than 480 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the world, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said here Friday. Wang Wenbin said China is a firm believer in making COVID-19 vaccines a public good, and has provided the most vaccines to the world. He said China so far has provided vaccines to nearly 100 countries, and announced that it has pledged to provide the first batch of 10 million doses of vaccines to COVAX. Chinese vaccines are the first batch of vaccines obtained by many developing countries. China has carried out joint research and development and cooperative production with many developing countries, and supported relevant companies to cooperate with foreign parties in conducting the phase III clinical trials, Wang said. He said the Chinese vaccines have gained a good reputation in the international community, adding that the safety and effectiveness of Chinese vaccines have been widely recognized. “At present, more than 100 countries have approved the use of Chinese vaccines. The WHO has included China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines in the emergency use list,” Wang said, adding that more than 30 foreign leaders took the lead in taking Chinese vaccines. Pledging that China will continue to contribute […]
The minister also revealed that the Karaganda pharmaceutical plant will produce extra 1,7 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine. They will be distributed among regions of the country according to the approved schedule.
Bayer is building a new pharmaceutical facility in Turku and at the same time modernizing its existing production plant. The new production facility will use the latest technology and utilize automation and robotics extensively. The value of the total investment is €250 million, which is one of the largest investments in Finland in recent years. The investment will further strengthen Bayer’s footprint in Finland and Turku’s position as the contraceptive capital of the world. This investment is significant for both Bayer and Finland. It secures long-term supply, which is required to meet Bayer’s global sustainability goals. One of these goals is to provide 100 million women in low-and middle-income countries with access to family planning and modern contraception by the end of 2030. Turku plays a significant role in Bayer’s global sustainability strategy which is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The investment will further promote the measures that our Turku plant has already taken over the past 30 years, to achieve gender equality and support women and their families. This way we can make an impact on women’s health and social status, education and family size, – says Miriam Holstein, CEO of Bayer Nordic Bayer’s global sustainability […]
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announces the real world data of the Ministry of Health of San Marino on the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine confirming its high efficacy during the vaccination campaign in the country including against new variants of COVID. The efficacy of Sputnik V was measured based on the monitoring of COVID cases between 25 February and 23 August, 2021. Overall efficacy over 21 days after administering the first dose was estimated at 94.8% while efficacy against hospitalizations estimated at 95.9%. Sputnik V is the most efficient vaccine against hospitalizations with COVID-19 in the country. San Marino was the first country in Europe to defeat COVID and lift restrictions thanks to inclusion of Sputnik V in the national portfolio. Over 70% of the adult population has been vaccinated with Sputnik V. The Russian vaccine is demonstrating high safety profile with data published in EClinicalMedicine (an open access clinical journal published by The Lancet, one of the world’s most respected medical journals). In particular, Sputnik V shows high tolerability profile in ≥60 age group with nearly all reported adverse events following immunization being mild or moderate and lasting less than 2 days. Sputnik V has a number […]
American Gene Technologies (AGT), a clinical-stage biotechnology company, announced treatment of the first participant in its Phase I clinical trial to evaluate safety of the cell and gene therapy product AGT103-T. Designated as the RePAIR trial (Restore Potent Antiviral Immune Responses, NCT04561258), participants are infused once with their own CD4 T cells that were enriched, for cells capable of reacting to HIV, and genetically modified to resist infection. The first infusion took place at Washington Health Institute, Washington, D.C. on May 19. This is a first-in-human study for AGT103-T. The primary endpoint is safety; testing related to secondary endpoints evaluates responses to treatment including changes in the immune response to HIV. Participants treated with AGT103-T will be followed for 6 months in this safety study before enrolling in an FDA-mandated 15-year long-term follow up required for all gene therapy trials. Enrollment, product manufacturing, and treatments are ongoing at AGT’s clinical trial sites. “Treating the first person with our product is an important step forward and the culmination of design, development, manufacturing, and approval of the product for human testing. We believe this therapy is capable of changing the body’s ability to fight HIV and the first-in-man study signals the first […]
EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) has concluded that people who have previously had capillary leak syndrome must not be vaccinated with Vaxzevria (formerly COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca). The Committee also concluded that capillary leak syndrome should be added to the product information as a new side effect of the vaccine, together with a warning to raise awareness among healthcare professionals and patients of this risk. The Committee carried out an in-depth review of 6 cases of capillary leak syndrome in people who had received Vaxzevria.1 Most of the cases occurred in women and within 4 days of vaccination. Three of those affected had a history of capillary leak syndrome and one of them subsequently died. As of 27 May 2021, more than 78 million doses of Vaxzevria had been administered in the EU/EEA and the UK.2 Healthcare professionals should be aware of the signs and symptoms of capillary leak syndrome and of its risk of recurrence in people who have previously been diagnosed with the condition. People who have been vaccinated with Vaxzevria should seek immediate medical assistance if they experience rapid swelling of the arms and legs or sudden weight gain in the days following vaccination. These symptoms are often associated […]
TriRx Pharmaceutical Services Inc., a leading international CDMO, today announced an agreement to acquire two facilities from Elanco Animal Health Incorporated. Elanco is a global animal health leader dedicated to innovating and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets. The sites are located in Shawnee, Kansas and Speke, United Kingdom, and will expand the manufacturing footprint of TriRx, adding to its existing pharmaceutical facilities in Huntsville, Alabama, and Segré, France. The sale of the Shawnee and Speke sites includes the physical assets at both locations and the transfer of approximately 600 employees. The two companies have also entered into long-term supply agreements for both facilities to continue to manufacture existing Elanco products. We are excited about this opportunity, taking us into a long-term partnership with Elanco, and welcome the employees at both Speke and Shawnee into our organization, – said Tim Tyson, Chairman and CEO at TriRx. – We have been impressed with the high caliber of people and capabilities at both sites and we look forward to acquiring additional customers at the sites to increase efficiency and utilization and to assure a long-term success. Jeff Simmons, President and CEO at Elanco Animal […]