Aspen Faces Vaccine Setback In South Africa As Strides Explores Oral COVID Treatment
Dr Reddy’s, Lupin, Cipla And Sun Pharma Partner With Eli Lilly For Baricitinib In India
After a production setback, Aspen and Johnson & Johnson announce a donation of 300,000 vaccines to South African teachers. Strides partners with Ennaid for an oral COVID drug, while Dr Reddy’s, Lupin, Cipla and Sun Pharma Partner with Eli Lilly for baricitinib in India and Formycon receives approval for early action for its COVID-19 drug.
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After a COVID-19-led manufacturing halt at its India facility and a slowdown in US launches hit Strides during the first quarter of FY22, the Indian firm is trying to fight back with an acquisition of assets from Endo and a growth strategy for Stelis Biopharma’s vaccines business, led by Sputnik V.
Alvogen and sister company Alvotech have donated to UNICEF to support vaccine supply to over 90 low-and-middle-income countries, while Hikma has also made a multi-million-dollar donation. India’s Dr Reddy’s is moving ahead with the Sputnik V vaccine, while AstraZeneca is partnering with Insud Pharma on its vaccine in Spain. Meanwhile, the UK government has extended its vaccination contract with Wockhardt.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has extended a financial commitment of up to $120m to secure a dedicated, low-cost supply of generic molnupiravir to lower-income countries. The Gates Foundation is looking to “significantly reduce the time it takes for a new drug to reach low-income countries after it becomes available in high-income markets.”