Novartis will start making coronavirus vaccine this month

Swiss drugmaker Novartis will start producing a genetic coronavirus vaccine this month under a deal with Massachusetts researchers. AveXis, Novartis’s gene-therapy arm, agreed to manufacture the vaccine being developed by Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital. Production will start in time for clinical trials that are scheduled to begin in the second half […]

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Pfizer working on promising coronavirus treatment, vaccine

Drugmaker Pfizer said Thursday that it is working on a promising treatment for coronavirus, as well as vaccine. The drugmaker said preclinical studies showed that an unspecified compound that was originally used to treat SARS — a different coronavirus — has shown potential in battling the dangerous illness. Pfizer research chief Mikael Dolsten said the […]

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Gilead Withdraws Request for Special Orphan Status on Experimental Virus Treatment

Bowing to criticism that it was exploiting the coronavirus pandemic, the drugmaker Gilead said on Wednesday that it would no longer seek orphan-drug status for remdesivir, an experimental drug that is being tested as a possible treatment. The Food and Drug Administration had only granted the special designation on Monday — which gives drug companies […]

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