Coronavirus Update: SK Bioscience, Biological E, DongWha And Celltrion Report Progress
SK set for Korean trial with vaccine, as Biological E begins human trials of Baylor vaccine. Meanwhile, DongWha gets a Phase II nod for potential drug, and Celltrion progesses with Phase II regdanvimab trial.
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Multiple COVID-19 vaccines, including from J&J, Pfizer and RDIF, are seen gaining approvals in India in 2021, following on from a raft of R&D, manufacturing and marketing tie-ups, as well as other developments, in the action-packed field last year.
J&J executive emphasizes that fast-tracked development of COVID-19 vaccines does not come with any corners cut around safety. Indian partner Biological E also outlines the complexities in manufacturing and believes that the candidates from J&J, AstraZeneca and others will be more suitable in profile and price terms to contain the pandemic globally.
Johnson & Johnson has added a manufacturing base in India’s Biological E as part of a global supply chain for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. While Biological E will make 400-500 million dosages for the US firm, it has licensed for development another SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate from US-based Baylor College of Medicine.