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NewsNet 8 Sep 2020

Biopharma Leaders Pledge Politics Won't Impact COVID-19 Vaccine Development

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The CEOs of AstraZeneca (LSE/STO/NYSE: AZN), BioNTech (NASDAQ: BNTX), GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), and Sanofi (NASDAQ: SNY), early Tuesday pledged their commitment to science as they work towards potential global regulatory filings and approvals of the first COVID-19 vaccines.


A Vancouver-based biotech company brought its genetic know-how to Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine development. Thomas Madden, president and CEO of Acuitas Therapeutics, explains his company's contribution to the vaccine effort.

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First lady Melania Trump campaigned for her husband in North Carolina the day before the election. She slammed critics of a potential Covid-19 vaccine, saying it should not be dismissed simply because it may happen under President Trump's leadership.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said California will review the safety of all COVID-19 vaccines approved by the Trump administration before allowing them to be released to the public.
COVID-19 vaccine trials don't currently include children under 12, says Health Canada's chief medical adviser, Supriya Sharma. She says that means vaccination efforts will first focus on adults.

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