How COVID-19 Vaccine Trials are Designed

How COVID-19 Vaccine Trials are Designed

There’s been a lot of talk lately about whether or not the fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccine will in fact be safe and effective. While vaccine makers insist that any vaccine reaching the market will have undergone rigorous testing, the way trial protocols are designed suggests these vaccines may leave a lot to be desired. As reported1 by […]

Pharma’s Public Pledge On COVID-19 Vaccines

Pharma’s Public Pledge On COVID-19 Vaccines

On Sept. 8, 2020, nine pharmaceutical companies working on COVID-19 vaccines signed a pledge saying they would not submit their experimental vaccines to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unless they were shown to be both safe and efficacious in the Phase 3 human clinical trials.1 2 3 4 5 The pledge, signed by […]

Johnson & Johnson Pauses Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Following ‘Unexplained Illness’

Johnson & Johnson Pauses Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Following ‘Unexplained Illness’

Story Highlights Weeks after Johnson & Johnson announced that their experimental COVID-19 vaccine was in final, Phase 3 testing, the company has paused the study to evaluate an unexplained illness in a study participant. AstraZeneca’s late-stage vaccine trial is also still on pause in the U.S. after two cases of a neurological illness arose in […]

20 Volunteers Suffer Serious Reactions to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine

20 Volunteers Suffer Serious Reactions to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine

On Sept. 23, 2020, U.S. pharmaceutical and medical devices company Johnson & Johnson, Inc. announced the start of the Phase 3 human clinical trial for its experimental Ad26.COV2.S vaccine for COVID-19. The New Jersey-based company, which is partnering with its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutica NV of Belgium on development of the vaccine, is planning to enroll […]

How Will Unhealthy Americans React to COVID-19 Vaccines?

How Will Unhealthy Americans React to COVID-19 Vaccines?

If you look at the human clinical trials that have been conducted this year by drug companies developing experimental vaccines for COVID-19, the participants in those trials have all been “healthy adults.” Take, for example, Moderna’s Phase 1 clinical trial for its mRNA-1273 vaccine, which included 45 healthy adults 18 to 55 years old. The same […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Unlikely in Canada Say Health Officials

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Unlikely in Canada Say Health Officials

The government of Canada has signed deals to purchase COVID-19 vaccines from four pharmaceutical companies when their vaccines are approved to be given to the public. According to Canada’s Minister of Public Services and Procurement Anita Anand, the Canadian government has contracts with Janssen Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson), Moderna, Novavax and Pfizer […]

Why is Good News on COVID-19 Bad?

Why is Good News on COVID-19 Bad?

There seems to be a pattern emerging to push back on any new information that suggests COVID-19 may not be as severe as initially believed, even if that new information comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It is unclear why, although one might speculate […]

COVID-19 Meltdown and Pharma’s Big Money Win

COVID-19 Meltdown and Pharma’s Big Money Win

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) told Americans on Apr. 1, 2020 that modeling reports suggested COVID-19 infections could eventually “kill 100,000 to 240,000 Americans,”1 2 3 which was considerably less than the worst case 1.7 million mortality figure the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […]

Moderna to Use New mRNA Technology to Develop Coronavirus Vaccine

Moderna to Use New mRNA Technology to Develop Coronavirus Vaccine

Story Highlights In light of the coronavirus outbreak, three research teams have been awarded grants by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. In a public-private partnership with NIH, Moderna, Inc. is using an experimental mRNA technology to develop a vaccine. Johnson & Johnson and other drug companies […]

Johnson & Johnson Fined $572 Million for “Greed” in Fueling the Opioid Crisis

Johnson & Johnson Fined $572 Million for “Greed” in Fueling the Opioid Crisis

In a lawsuit filed by the state of Oklahoma against Johnson & Johnson, Inc., Purdue Pharma LP and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries were ordered on Aug. 26, 2019 to pay $572 million in penalties for helping to fuel the opioid crisis in Oklahoma.1 Before the trial […]