Anti-Depressants in Short Supply During COVID-19 Lockdowns

Anti-Depressants in Short Supply During COVID-19 Lockdowns

Drug shortages listed by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are exposing some of the ramifications of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, including state lockdowns and social distancing regulations.1 Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride), an anti-depressant manufactured by Pfizer and its generic counterparts produced by other drug makers, have been added to the FDA’s list of […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Will Likely Be Given Multiple Times, Perhaps Annually

COVID-19 Vaccine Will Likely Be Given Multiple Times, Perhaps Annually

In an interview with the JAMA on June 2, 2020, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) said that while he was “cautiously optimistic” about the effectiveness of the vaccines being developed for COVID-19, he was concerned that any protection the vaccines may provide might only be temporary. […]

Pfizer and BioNTech Begin Human Clinical Trials of COVID-19 Vaccine in U.S.

Pfizer and BioNTech Begin Human Clinical Trials of COVID-19 Vaccine in U.S.

Pfizer, Inc. of New York and BioNTech SE of Mainz, Germany have announced that human clinical trials for an experimental COVID-19 vaccine they have co-developed, known as BNT162, have begun in the United States.1 As part of a global clinical development program, the first human subjects in the U.S. Phase I and Phase clinical II […]

Fauci Says Rushing COVID-19 Vaccine is Risky

Fauci Says Rushing  COVID-19 Vaccine is Risky

During a remote online testimony before the U.S. Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on May 12, 2020, Anthony Fauci, MD warned that moving forward too quickly with the development of a vaccine for COVID-19 may produce a vaccine that could make the disease worse.1 2 Dr. Fauci, who is the director of the […]

Pfizer/BioNTech Target Fall 2020 for COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Pfizer/BioNTech Target Fall 2020 for COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

In recent weeks Inovio Pharmaceuticals of Pennsylvania and representatives of the German biotechnology firm CureVac AG and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom have announced that their experimental COVID-19 vaccines will be ready for use by September 2020. On Apr. 29, 2020, Pfizer, Inc. of New York stated in a news release that […]

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) […]

Bill Gates Says Health Care Workers Will Be First to Get Coronavirus Vaccine

Bill Gates Says Health Care Workers Will Be First to Get Coronavirus Vaccine

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates predicted on Mar. 18, 2020 that the first licensed coronavirus vaccines for COVID-19 will be available within 18 months and that health care workers will be among the first to get the shots. Gates co-chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which recently invested $50 million to develop a […]

Doctors Avoid Hand Washing Despite Evidence It is Best Way to Reduce Infections

Doctors Avoid Hand Washing Despite Evidence It is Best Way to Reduce Infections

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been urging everyone to thoroughly and frequently wash their hands since reports of the coronavirus outbreak in China, highlighting the long recognized practice of hand washing as a tried and true infection control measure.1 A little known fact is that among all health care providers, […]

Chinese Pharmaceutical Industry Competes for Vaccine Market Share

Chinese Pharmaceutical Industry Competes for Vaccine Market Share

China’s National Medical Products Administration has announced that two Chinese pharmaceutical companies, Walvax Biotechnology and Innovax, have been approved to start selling their own version of drugs previously available only through global pharmaceutical giants Pfizer, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.1 Cecolin, developed by Innovax, will compete in the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) arena against Merck’s Gardasil and […]

Vaccine Market Valued at $93 Billion by 2026

Vaccine Market Valued at $93 Billion by 2026

A recent report by Fortune Business Insights projects the value of the world market for vaccines to reach $93.08 billion by 2026, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.7 percent during the forecast period.1 One of the main drivers of the vaccine market is the need for greater supplies of vaccines, given stricter government […]