US 500m Dose Donation Takes Shine From China Vaccine Diplomacy
China Ships 350m Doses Worldwide
The Biden Administration’s pledge to provide 500 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccines is a direct blow to China’s global vaccine diplomacy push.
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J&J announced strong data for its single-shot vaccine, with even stronger booster shot data to boot. Also Gilead posted strong results for outpatient use of Veklury, but it faces stiff competition, while Clover announced new data and Pfizer/BioNTech sold another 500 million vaccine doses for donation.
The US obtained access to doses that it will donate to low- and low-middle-income countries, Merck & Co. is lining up government purchases of its Phase III drug, and Ocugen will submit a BLA in the US rather than pursue an EUA for Bharat's vaccine. Plus progress and setbacks for COVID-19 therapeutics.
While many pharma firms in China choose to partner with US companies, Jiangsu Hengrui is relying on itself to go global. The Chinese pharma giant is betting on its newly established US subsidiary Luzsana in a major move to make its wide-ranging products more available, accessible and affordable to patients in the US and the rest of the world.