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Valneva Confirms Step Back From COVID-19 Vaccine Development

The French firm has suspended the manufacturing of its COVID-19 vaccine, instead emphasizing its hopes in advanced Lyme disease and Chikungunya.

Frontier Bets $52m On Potential Rival To Gilead's Veklury

Frontier Biotechnologies is seeking to enroll roughly 1,200 hospitalized COVID patients in an international Phase II/III clinical trial to evaluate its bofutrelvir (FB2001) in competition with Gilead’s Veklury.

Lost In Translation? New Zoonotic Virus Naming Gets China's Largest Physician Platform In Trouble

China's largest physician portal DXY has been banned from posting on a major social media platform after naming a new zoonotic virus after the place where it originated.

Shionogi Reveals Strategy For COVID-19 Drug Xocova

Shionogi is hoping to demonstrate the efficacy of its oral COVID-19 candidate Xocova through an appropriate primary endpoint in its Phase III trial, while the Japanese firm is also eyeing global expansion for the drug should a world-first domestic approval be granted.

Mixed Results For China’s First Home-Grown COVID Antiviral

A preliminary analysis of Russian Phase III results for azvudine, China's first home-grown antiviral for COVID-19, shows it reached two primary endpoints, but a separate Chinese study produced mixed results.

The COVID-19 Market: Keeping Up With The Changing Landscape

Some products are still going strong, while others that once generated blockbuster revenues have faded away, as companies develop next-generation antivirals and vaccines.

Stock Watch: Robust Diagnostics And Biosimilar Erosion Vie In Roche’s Q2

Roche’s stock price has underperformed in the last nine months in spite of a natural hedge on the strong US dollar that has troubled most other profitable pharma companies. Has Roche become a value stock?

Pfizer Strengthens Foundation For A Long-Term COVID Commercial Business

Preparing for the eventual transition to an open commercial market for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, Pfizer restructured its commercial team to incorporate the franchises.

Brii’s Cocktail Active Against Coronavirus Subvariants, But Will It Succeed On The Market?

The company announced data showing the two-antibody drug had strong activity against Omicron BA.4, BA.5 and BA.2.12.1, but on the US market it would compete against oral drugs.

CEO Of India's mRNA Pioneer Gennova On Cancer Vaccines, VC Interest

Founder CEO Sanjay Singh tells Scrip about Gennova Biopharma's preliminary talks with investors looking to grab a piece of the action post approval of its mRNA vaccine against COVID-19. As the company considers use of the technology in making vaccines against cancer and infectious diseases, it will also expand manufacturing

Canadian Firm Explores Potential Of Nasal Spray In COVID-19 Prevention

Dr Gilly Regev, CEO of the anti-infectives-focused firm, SaNOtize Research & Development Corp, remains confident of the effectiveness of the firm’s nitric oxide nasal spray against evolving variants of SARS-CoV-2 and expects to progress plans for a “prevention” trial in the US.

Quick Listen: Scrip's Five Must-Know Things

In this week's podcast version of Five Must-Know Things: Novo obesity drugs in US cost-effectiveness spotlight; Biogen’s growth challenges; Novartis’s view on large M&A; pharma’s Q2 outlook; and MSD on Lagevrio.

Roche Is ‘Aiming For The Sky’ With Vabysmo Commercial Launch

CEO Severin Schwan compared his enthusiasm for the newly launched eye drug to Ocrevus, the company's top-selling drug.

Valneva's COVID-19 Vaccine Hopes Almost Over Before They Start

Rather than terminating a deal for the French biotech's VLA2001 vaccine, the European Commission has put in a tiny order of 1.25 million doses which could bring the curtain down on Valneva's COVID-19 programs.

Japan Again Postpones Approval Of Shionogi COVID Antiviral

Xocova’s emergency approval stymied by uncertainties over efficacy and other characteristics that could effectively limit its use, prompting decision to await Phase III data later this year.

Serum Scores A Double - HPV Vaccine In India, Novavax Vaccine In US

Serum Institute will supply initial doses of NVX-CoV2373 in the US, but late approvals have meant Novavax's vaccine is facing weak demand and surplus stocks in other parts of the world. Meanwhile, Serum has also secured a nod in India for the first indigenously-developed HPV vaccine, also the fifth globally.

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