Global ‘Fair Access’ Coronavirus Vaccine Fund Launched, AZ Doubles Output Target
Company Aims For Two Billion Doses A Year
Pharma is looking to GAVI to oversee a fair distribution and avoid ‘vaccine nationalism’ – but countries can still sign bilateral deals with companies.
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Recruiting the right patient population for Phase III trials of COVID-19 vaccines will be a key factor in how fast any candidate can come to market. The challenge, which will likely mean enrolling patients who often are underrepresented in trials, is keeping Moderna's Chief Medical Officer up at night. The company also talked vaccine distribution, what it feels it owes the US government for its financial support, and pricing of its potential mRNA vaccine on a recent New York Academy of Sciences webinar.
Moderna's Bencal and Merck Vaccine head Markels discuss the difficulties in scaling up manufacturing capacity for vaccine candidates at BIO plenary session; CEPI CEO says his organization can help facilitate pairing of vaccine development partners.