Results from the Phase I trial of yet another experimental Ebola vaccine are in, but unlike other vaccines in the field, this one is based on the virus strain that caused the 2014 epidemic, and not an older one. The vaccine, developed by Beijing Institute of Biotechnology and Tianjin CanSino Biotechnology, is called a recombinant adenovirus type-5 vaccine.
It's been 7 months since price negotiations over meningitis B vaccine Bexsero began between Novartis and the U.K. government. And as far as new owner GlaxoSmithKline is concerned, that's long enough.
GlaxoSmithKline is testing its Ebola jab in Africa to see if it provokes an immune response strong enough to successfully beat an Ebola infection. But if it turns out to be too weak, never fear--the Big Pharma has a plan. It's teaming up with Maryland-based Emergent BioSolutions to test the latter's Ebola shot as a booster for its own vaccine.
England has decided to offer meningitis W vaccination to three million teens after a steep rise in cases--and local vaccine giant GlaxoSmithKline will be reaping the benefits.
Johnson & Johnson is ready to start trialing its Ebola vaccine in Africa, where Merck and NewLink are preparing to take theirs into Phase III. GlaxoSmithKline is also testing its jab there. But while thousands of healthcare workers have volunteered to participate in Ebola vaccine trials, the decision to mass-vaccinate against the disease is still up in the air.
Last September, Takeda announced it would be putting vaccines into their own specialty business unit to "accelerate the globalization" of the business. And now, it's positioning the unit geographically to do the same.
Novavax announced on Thursday that it would take its Ebola candidate to Australia for a Phase I trial involving 230 healthy adults. It is the fourth company to bring an Ebola vaccine to human trials, but Novavax says it has a better vaccine.
The current Ebola outbreak may be starting to wane, but scientists agree they'll need a stockpile of vaccines to tackle the next one. And that means developing next-generation shots that can fight off multiple strains.
As the Disneyland measles outbreak continues to spread, some are pointing the finger at Merck, maker of the only U.S.-approved measles vaccine. But when it comes to encouraging the public to get vaccinated, there's a limit on how much the company can do, its R&D chief says.
After creating a global specialty unit for its vaccines business and tapping a new development head last fall, Takeda now plans to drop a Phase II Diphtheria-Tetanus-acellular Pertussis (DTaP) and Sabin inactivated poliovirus vaccine (sIPV) program in Japan to focus on markets where it can make a bigger splash.