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Media Outlets Examine U.S. Preparedness For, Vulnerabilities In Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Washington Post: Before the pandemic, top contractor received billions from government to help prepare the nation for biowarfare “As it races to create a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the Trump administration this month announced that one of its largest pandemic-related contracts would go to a little-known biodefense company named…

News Outlets Examine Various Efforts To Develop Novel Coronavirus Vaccines

Axios: Germany to invest €300 million in biotech firm developing coronavirus vaccine (Primack, 6/16). Financial Times: The long road to a Covid-19 vaccine (Ahuja, 6/17). Financial Times: Sanofi to build vaccine plant and research centre in France (Abboud, 6/16). Los Angeles Times: China aims to ‘lead the world’ by winning…

Gilead Deal With Generic Pharmaceutical Companies To Produce Remdesivir Could Hinder Access For Some Countries; Gavi Advance Market Commitment Aims To Improve Access To Coronavirus Vaccines

Devex: Gilead’s closed-door deal sets precedent for COVID-19 drug access “Amid global conversations to ensure equitable access to future drugs and vaccines for COVID-19, Gilead Sciences, Inc. made its own side room deal. Over the past month, the U.S.-based company made an agreement with generic pharmaceutical companies in Egypt, India,…

AstraZeneca Signs Agreement With European Vaccine Group To Supply Up To 400M Doses; CEPI CEO Says Scarcity, ‘Vaccine Nationalism’ Biggest Challenges To Access; Research Continues Into Experimental Vaccines

Devex: CEPI CEO: Scarcity, ‘vaccine nationalism’ biggest barriers for COVID-19 vaccine access “Global politics and vaccine scarcity are the biggest challenges to ensuring that a future COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the world’s poorest countries, according to Richard Hatchett, CEO at the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. ‘Managing the…

More News In Global Health

Devex: Is faith-based health care a stopgap, or a long-term partnership? (Igoe, 6/12). Devex: Q&A: 2020 World Food Prize laureate wants world to pay attention to soil health (Welsh, 6/11). New Humanitarian: Exclusive: Leaked review exposes scale of aid corruption and abuse in Congo (Kleinfeld/Dodds, 6/12). New York Times: Covid-19…

Media Outlets Discuss Race For COVID-19 Vaccine, Therapies

NPR: Vaccine Makers Hedge Bets On Which One Will Emerge As Effective And Safe “Once upon a time, developing a new vaccine was a step-by-step process that went from concept, to design, to tests in humans, to regulatory approval, to manufacturing. It was a process that could take a decade…