Of Patents And Production: Industry-White House Row Over Vaccine Exports Highlights Policy Divide
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.
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President announces ‘new effort’ to work with pharmaceutical companies, other nations to increase supply. Details remain in short supply, but Biden says plan will increase domestic production capacity to prepare ‘the next crises.’
US Gov't Plans To Control COVID Vaccine Distribution At Least Through 2022; Already Authorized Products Have Booster Advantage
Due to need to plan for potential vaccine boosters now, administration is focusing on contracting with the companies whose shots are already being given in the US, David Kessler tells the Senate health committee. Data on whether it is ok to ‘mix and match’ vaccine types with boosters should be available in a few months.
AstraZeneca and Novavax have not filed EUAs for their vaccines, and they never might. The pathway remains viable in the short-term, but as BLAs are approved and supplies are no longer short, the window may close.