Coronavirus Notebook: EU Invests In Convalescent Plasma, ACT-Accelerator Wants More Vaccines
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Coronavirus Notebook: EMA Expects First Vaccine Efficacy Data Soon, ACT-Accelerator Needs Urgent Funding
Talks are continuing on COVID-19 vaccine supply in the EU, with Pfizer/BioNTech’s BNT-162 the latest in the frame for the delivery of 200 million doses. The European Commission has also said that if the vaccines fail to perform, any money paid in advance purchase deals should go towards further research.
The coronavirus research field may be dominated by vaccines from the likes of Oxford University/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech, but a lot of interesting work is being done elsewhere by smaller academic and commercial projects looking at the potential of various novel antibody therapies against COVID-19.
A new licensing route is to be introduced by the UK MHRA next year for products that meet specific criteria, such as treating life threatening conditions or rare diseases and where there is a significant patient need. At a webinar this week, an MHRA medical assessor looked at the requirements that products will have to meet to enter the new pathway.