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From mRNA to subunit vaccines, Indian companies have 20 COVID-19 vaccine candidates, while three have already been approved. An August nod for Biological E could not just cut down time to immunize the country's population but also allow exports to resume.
US-based, China-focused CANbridge moves into cholestatic liver disease and enzyme replacement therapy via two deals. Plus deals involving LegoChem, TransThera, Morepen, Daiichi Sankyo, Geneseeq, Innocare, Biosplice, Sirnaomics and Walvax.
After setting up a sales base in the UK, Serum Institute could consider an acquisition in Europe or investment in an Oxford facility as it ties up production for its multiple COVID-19 vaccines. Is Wockhardt’s Wrexham facility an option?
BIO chief calls US Defense Production Act ‘misguided’ as India seeks more COVID vaccines; America will donate AstraZeneca vaccine – just as soon as the FDA determines it was adequately manufactured.
Moderna, GSK and Bharat Biotech point to technology transfer, material shortages and manufacturing expertise as factors constraining COVID-19 vaccine supplies, rather than intellectual property rights. Meanwhile, Moderna's CEO forecasts a surplus of these vaccines by 2022.
Prices for J&J and Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines will be watched closely as India permits private sales. While demand is set to spike with age criteria for those eligible to receive the shots expanded, local manufacturers Serum Institute and Bharat Biotech are ramping up capacities with the government’s help.