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Day: 19 August 2020

Roche, Regeneron Link up on COVID-19 Antibody Cocktail

Roche, Regeneron Link up on COVID-19 Antibody Cocktail

Coronavirus, NEWS
Regeneron and Roche are teaming up on an investigational antibody cocktail against COVID-19, with the U.S. company to sell it in the United States and the Swiss drugmaker to sell it elsewhere, should the drug win approval. Regeneron has said it expects initial data from on-going trials of its COVID-19 antibody cocktail, called REGN-COV2, next month. The medicine, among several being developed by drugmakers seeking a treatment for the novel coronavirus, prevented and treated the disease in rhesus macaques and hamsters, Regeneron said this month. Together with Roche, Regeneron aims to increase the overall production capacity of REGN-COV2 by at least three and a half times in a bid to meet eventual U.S. and global need. Roche's move to join forces with Regeneron comes after...
WHO Urges Nations to Join Global Vaccine Bid 

WHO Urges Nations to Join Global Vaccine Bid 

NEWS
WHO wrote to every country on Tuesday urging them to quickly join its global shared vaccine programme. The World Health Organisation’s Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that without vaccinating the planet’s highest-risk populations simultaneously, it would be impossible to rebuild the global economy. And he said the most exposed 20 per cent of each country’s population — including front-line health workers, adults over 65 and those with pre-existing conditions — would be targeted in the first wave of vaccinations, once the WHO-led COVAX shared facility can roll out a proven safe and effective vaccine. “The fastest way to end this pandemic and to reopen economies is to start by protecting the highest risk populations everywhere, rather than the entire
WHO Blasts ‘Vaccine Nationalism’ in Last-Ditch Push against Hoarding

WHO Blasts ‘Vaccine Nationalism’ in Last-Ditch Push against Hoarding

NEWS
Nations that hoard possible COVID-19 vaccines while excluding others will deepen the pandemic, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday, issuing a last-ditch call for countries to join a global vaccine pact. The WHO has an Aug. 31 deadline for wealthier nations to join the "COVAX Global Vaccines Facility" for sharing vaccine hopefuls with developing countries. Tedros said he sent a letter to the WHO's 194 member states, urging participation. The global health agency also raised concerns that the pandemic's spread was being driven now by younger people, many of whom were unaware they were infected, posing a danger to vulnerable groups. Tedros' push for nations to join COVAX comes as the European Union, Britain, Switzerland and the U...