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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.
In an unusual move prompted by an enormous second wave of infections, India is accelerating approvals for COVID-19 vaccines granted emergency use authorizations by other selected regulators or on the WHO’s emergency use list without a local bridging study. While this seems a prelude to permitting private sales, where will the supplies come from?