GSK Joins Race To Tackle Coronavirus
Teams Up With CEPI
The pharma major is providing its adjuvant system, designed to enhance the body’s immune response, to help the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations' efforts to accelerate the creation of a vaccine for the coronavirus strain that broke out in China and has spread to 24 countries.
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Codagenix, a company backed by Novartis, Merck and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has tied up with India’s Serum Institute to develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, joining a heated race against the dreaded COVID-19 outbreak.
The FDA is curiously not one of the HHS entities coordinating the US response to the outbreak, but must monitor for manufacturing disruptions and shortages, as well as approve new treatments and diagnostics.
China is tightening oversight over suspected coronavirus cases, allowing hospitals to quarantine patients upon their first visit as confirmed infections surpass 20,000. Domestic firm Ascletis has meanwhile filed for the emergency approval of its generic version of AbbVie's Norvir (ritonavir) and a novel combo therapy.