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Coronavirus Update: Novavax Launches Phase III Trial In UK As Virus Surges Back

Novavax aims to recruit 10,000 subjects in the UK, and will include a flu vaccination co-administration for some participants.

Indivior Reorganizing And Re-Investing In US Commercial Functions

Indivior aims to cut costs by restructuring its US commercial operations and reducing discretionary spending, in order to improve flexibility in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and to invest in R&D.

Coronavirus Update: J&J’s Single Shot Could Catch Up With Frontrunners

Company is confident that data readout from pivotal trial could be ready before the end of 2020.

Coronavirus Update: US Public Confidence In COVID-19 Vaccines Declines

Confidence in the vaccine has slipped in the US, regardless of political affiliation.

'Covidization' Of Resources Brings Huge Disruption For TB Patients, Researchers

Redirection of healthcare resources to tackle COVID-19 is posing huge challenges for TB care and researchers in the area. Companies like J&J have stepped in to support, among other aspects, innovative community-based solutions to ensure continuity of care for drug resistant-TB patients amid the pandemic.

First COVID-19 Trial Success For Roche’s Actemra, But No Sign It Saves Lives

A composite endpoint conceals Actemra’s lack of mortality benefit – while life-saving dexamethasone gets EMA endorsement.

Coronavirus Update: Moderna And Pfizer Respond To Vaccine Trial Transparency Demands

Moderna led by releasing the trial protocol for its COVID-19 vaccine study, followed by Pfizer, as industry faces demands for transparency.

Merck KGaA Rebounds After COVID-19 Lockdowns

The coronavirus pandemic hurt the German group's healthcare division but helped the contract development and manufacturing activities of Merck's life sciences business.

Dr Reddy’s To Steer Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Plans In India

Dr Reddy’s combines forces with the Russian Direct Investment Fund for clinical trials and supply of Sputnik V in India, amid what it views as “very important” data points in early studies of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Lilly Claims Proof Of Concept For Neutralizing Antibodies In COVID-19 Therapy

Analysts called the interim data from a Phase II study of LY-CoV555 mixed, but Lilly insists that it has demonstrated a therapeutic role for neutralizing antibodies in fighting the novel coronavirus.

Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine Commercialization Plan Includes DTC Campaign

The company is planning a direct-to-consumer education campaign to inform the public about the importance of vaccination.

Coronavirus Update: BioNTech Gets €375m From Germany To Fund Vaccine

Plus: Valneva confirms supply deal with the UK government for its inactivated vaccine candidate; Humanigen expands manufacturing ahead of Phase III data.

Silver Linings: COVID-19 Creates Investment Bubble, Golden R&D Era

A choice asset in the middle of a pandemic, pharma companies could see the investment bubble burst once normalcy is on the horizon. But interest will continue in innovators, rather than big pharma specifically, predicts an expert panel featuring Biogen's chairman, a former Sanofi CEO and an ex-NIH director.

Lilly’s Olumiant Cuts COVID-19 Hospital Stays By One Day

Olumiant (baricitinib) plus Gilead’s Veklury (remdesivir) provided a statistically significant reduction in time to recovery versus remdesivir alone for hospitalized patients in US NIAID’s ACTT-2 clinical trial. 

Coronavirus Update: Rapid Restart For AZ’s Vaccine Trial, Pfizer Upsizes Its Phase III

Clearance by UK regulator allows trial to restart, with pivotal US trial hoped to follow suit to keep AstraZeneca and Oxford's candidate on track for a potential late 2020 readout. Plus, new results with Sinovac's vaccine in the elderly and progress with antibodies.

Quick Listen: Scrip’s Five Must-Know Things

Join us for a quick audio roundup of major events in the global biopharma industry over the past week, as reported by Scrip.

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