LONDON – Cases of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2, which has an unprecedented number of mutations in the spike protein that is the target of most COVID-19 vaccines, have now been reported across Europe and in Canada, following its initial detection in South Africa.
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It’s decision time for oral drugs that could help the world return to normal even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.K. already has granted emergency authorization to Merck & Co. Inc. and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics Inc.’s antiviral, Lagevrio (molnupiravir), and the EMA is expected to complete its evaluation of the oral drug within the next few weeks. In the U.S., the FDA could announce its decision on Lagevrio shortly after its Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee weighs in Nov. 30 on emergency use authorization.
Emergent Biosolutions Inc.’s Bayview facility in Baltimore passed its manufacturing inspection with international regulators, clearing the way for shipment of batches of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine containing drug substance made at the plant.
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