FDA: Want to defeat COVID-19? Develop a 70% effective vaccine and have 70% of people take it
July 9, 2020
By Neozene

This article originally appeared in FiecePharma and was written by Eric Sagonowsky One of public health’s greatest accomplishments was eradicating smallpox back in 1979. To eradicate SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 illness, we’ll need a vaccine that’s 70% effective—and 70% of the population will need to receive it, an FDA vaccine official said Wednesday. That’s a higher bar than the FDA set last week. To pass muster at the agency, a COVID-19 vaccine will need to be at least 50% more effective than placebo, according to new FDA guidelines.

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FDA Could Approve COVID-19 Vaccine This Fall
June 25, 2020
By Neozene

This article originally appeared in FiercePharma and was written by Eric Sagonowsky About six months into the pandemic and about 130 days until the U.S. presidential election, COVID-19 vaccines are moving ahead at record speeds. Now, a group of analysts predicts “at least one” vaccine will be approved before November 3. Jefferies healthcare strategist Jared Holz told MarketWatch that “perhaps multiple vaccines” could get FDA authorizations “early in the fourth quarter and quell fears of a second wave of COVID-19.” The team cited several reasons why an approval, or emergency use

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The United Kingdom Approves Dexamethasone in COVID-19 Treatment
June 17, 2020
By Neozene

The following article originally appeared on FiercePharma and was written by Eric Sagonowsky Right on the heels of data showing the decades-old, inexpensive steroid dexamethasone can reduce COVID-19 deaths among hospitalized patients requiring oxygen, the U.K. government granted a world-first approval. The nod, in COVID-19 patients who are hospitalized and requiring oxygen, including those on ventilators, came hours after government-funded research proved the drug reduced risk of death by 35% for patients on ventilators and 20% for those receiving oxygen. The medicine reduced 28-day mortality by 17% in the large

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