Pharmaceuticals industry

TGA dismisses bid to make contraceptive pill available over the counter in Australia

Two applications were made to amend poisons legislation so that the pill would not need ongoing prescriptions from doctor Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefing A push to make the contraceptive pill available over the counter has been dismissed by Australia’s drugs regulator. In an interim decision, now open for further …

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Doctor who advocated Covid-19 therapy including ivermectin applied for patent on same unproven treatment

Exclusive: Australian professor Thomas Borody’s failure to widely declare that he could potentially profit from treatment he is promoting raises ethical concerns Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing A Sydney gastroenterologist who has been enthusiastically promoting an unapproved Covid-19 treatment, including to Australian politicians and general practitioners, has filed a patent …

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Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind. While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and …

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UK drugmaker GSK under fresh pressure to sell consumer arm

Hedge fund Bluebell also demands replacement of GlaxoSmithKline chairman Sir Jonathan Symonds The British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has come under fresh pressure to sell off its consumer arm and carry out a change of leadership, with a hedge fund demanding the appointment of a new chairman. Bluebell Capital Partners, an activist London-based hedge fund that has …

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Big Pharma has a powerful new shill, Kyrsten Sinema, fighting drug price reform | Andrew Perez and David Sirota

In the 2020 election cycle, pharmaceutical political action committees suddenly funneled more money to her than they did the whole six years she served in the US House “The pharmaceutical lobby is very savvy,” Representative Ro Khanna, Democrat from California, said earlier this week. “They pick the one or two people they need to block …

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Pfizer asks US to allow Covid vaccines for children ages five to 11

Jabs could begin within weeks if US government approves request, with children getting a third of dose given to adults Pfizer asked the US government Thursday to allow use of its Covid-19 vaccine in children ages five to 11 – and if regulators agree, shots could begin within a matter of weeks. Many parents and …

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Covid-19: will there soon be a pill that stops us getting sick? – podcast

Last week the pharmaceutical company Merck released promising early data on a pill for Covid-19, which trials suggest halves hospitalisations and deaths. So what do we know about this experimental treatment? Madeleine Finlay talks to the Guardian’s science correspondent Hannah Devlin about whether this antiviral could be a gamechanger. And as some UK experts warn …

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WHO endorses use of world’s first malaria vaccine in Africa

World Health Organization’s director general hails ‘historic day’ in fight against parasitic disease The World Health Organization has recommended the widespread rollout of the first malaria vaccine, in a move experts hope could save tens of thousands of children’s lives each year across Africa. Hailing “an historic day”, the WHO’s director general, Dr Tedros Adhanom …

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Henrietta Lacks’ estate sues drug company that sold her cells

Lacks’s estate is asking Thermo Fisher to pay back the full profits gained over 70 years of using her cells without consent The estate of Henrietta Lacks sued a pharmaceutical company on Monday, accusing it of selling cells that doctors at Johns Hopkins hospital took in 1951 without her knowledge or consent. The cells taken …

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Coronavirus treatments: the potential ‘game-changers’ in development

After positive clinical trials for antiviral drug Molnupiravir, it joins other medicines that have shown promise Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The first clinical trial results showing a positive effect for a pill that can be taken at home has been hailed as a potential gamechanger that could provide a new …

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Welsh scientist makes potential $539m fortune from biotech flotation in US

Value of Andrew Hopkins’ Exscientia firm reaches market value of $2.9bn in Nasdaq IPO A Welsh scientist who dreamed up his artificial intelligence biotech company while walking home from the laboratory is sitting on a potential $539m (£400m) paper fortune after its $2.9bn stock market float. The idea for Exscientia, an Oxford-based firm that uses …

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Covid antiviral pill halves hospitalisations and deaths, maker says

If approved, Merck’s drug would be first simple oral medication shown to be effective against coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The first pill to treat coronavirus could be available within months after it was found to cut hospitalisations and deaths by half. If approved, the antiviral drug would be the …

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UK pharmacies in dark about ministers’ plan to maintain drug supplies

Chemists wait for details of measures to ensure driver shortages do not adversely affect deliveries of prescription drugs Pharmacists are waiting for details from the government about what measures are in place to deal with any delays to deliveries of drug supplies as a result of van driver shortages. If the situation worsens, pharmacists have …

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Yes, drugs are overprescribed: but it’s not the fault of GPs | Letters

Fragmented care means patients can be put on drugs by many different specialists, says Charles Warlow, while Dr Wendy Outwin highlights the daily reality of prescribing medicines Ministers seem to have found yet another way to bash overburdened GPs (Government review finds 10% of drugs dispensed in England are pointless, 22 September). There is nothing …

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Australia shores up Pfizer supply after days of uncertainty

John Frewen says company advised the government on Friday they would deliver the full 9m doses in October Australia will get its full supply of Pfizer next month, with the head of the country’s rollout saying the company had confirmed it would provide 9m doses in October as planned. After days of uncertainty over Pfizer …

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Second hedge fund pushes for change in leadership of GSK

Bluebell Capital takes stake in pharma giant and puts pressure on Emma Walmsley GSK’s chief executive, Emma Walmsley, has come under pressure from a second activist hedge fund, Bluebell Capital Partners, which has taken a stake in the drugmaker to push for change at the top, including forcing her to reapply for her job. The …

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Big pharma fuelling human rights crisis over Covid vaccine inequity – Amnesty

Six companies warned not to put profit before lives as report shows less than 1% of almost 6bn doses have gone to low-income countries Amnesty International has accused six pharmaceutical companies that have developed Covid-19 vaccines of fuelling a global human rights crisis, citing their refusal to sufficiently waive intellectual property rights, share vaccine technology …

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Guess what the three Democrats blocking lower medication prices have in common? | David Sirota and Andrew Perez

A bill in Congress would allow Medicare to use its bulk-purchasing power to negotiate lower drug prices. Big Pharma is not pleased The three conservative Democratic lawmakers threatening to kill their party’s drug pricing legislation have raked in roughly $1.6m of campaign cash from donors in the pharmaceutical and health products industries. One of the …

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Ministers told to bar EU from UK trial data in vaccines row

England’s deputy medical chief asked for data to be withheld unless British vaccine guinea pigs allowed to travel abroad • Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverage England’s deputy chief medical officer asked ministers to withhold all UK clinical trial data from the EU if European countries continued to deny entry to British …

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GSK teams with King’s College to use AI to fight cancer

Artificial intelligence will be used to develop personalised treatments while investigating role of genetics The pharmaceuticals firm GSK has struck a five-year partnership with King’s College London to use artificial intelligence to develop personalised treatments for cancer by investigating the role played by genetics in the disease. The tie-up, which involves 10 of the drug …

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UK cancels Covid vaccine deal with French firm Valneva

Government serves notice to terminate contract over allegations of a ‘breach of obligations’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK government is to pull out of a deal with the French pharmaceutical company Valneva to purchase its Covid-19 vaccination, the company has said. The move will come as a blow to …

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A year that changed the world – and medical companies’ fortunes

While Covid sent many firms to the wall, others prospered by spotting opportunities, from test kits to mask coatings The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on business, gutting high streets as familiar names fell into receivership. But for some less well-known firms, the past 18 months have been transformational. Those that have thrived did …

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BioNTech to seek approval for Covid jabs for younger children

Company behind Pfizer vaccine expected to file results of trial of five- to 11-year-olds with regulator soon Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The German company BioNTech, which developed the Pfizer vaccine, expects to seek approval from regulators for Covid jabs suited for younger children as early as mid-October, its founders have …

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Pfizer accused of holding Brazil ‘to ransom’ over vaccine contract demands

Leaked supply document reveals clauses to protect US pharma company from legal action in the event of serious side-effects Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Pfizer has been accused of holding Brazil “to ransom” over demands to shield itself from possible vaccine side-effect lawsuits in its contract to supply the country with …

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Australian Novavax trial participants remain unrecognised by vaccine register

Covid vaccination status of hundreds in limbo because the US company’s jab is yet to be approved in Australia Vaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Australians who participated in clinical trials of the Novavax Covid vaccine are being told their vaccinations cannot currently be recognised on Australia’s immunisation …

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Japan’s Moderna Covid vaccine rollout hit by recall and contamination scares

Foreign materials including stainless steel identified in batches of Covid-19 vaccine though no safety or efficacy issues have been reported The Moderna coronavirus vaccine programme in Japan has been hit by a series of contamination incidents, prompting it to recall 1.63m doses found to contain metal fragments. Other potential contaminants have been identified in separate …

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Major shareholder’s Rolls-Royce grumble could rumble on

Vague demand for board refresh from Causeway likely a hangover from £2bn rights issue The last time Rolls-Royce had an US activist fund on its tail, the aero-engine manufacturer took the unusual step of inviting one of its representatives onto the board. ValueAct Capital was judged to have constructive ideas and useful industry expertise. The …

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Boots launches on-demand delivery trial with Deliveroo

Customers can order medicines for mild ailments, makeup, toiletries and more from 14 stores The pharmacy chain Boots will become the latest large retailer to make its products available through Deliveroo, as the takeaway delivery company aims to expand beyond restaurant orders. Stores in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Nottingham will be among the 14 initially …

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UK approves rollout of ‘first of its kind’ Covid antibody treatment

Ronapreve can be used to treat symptoms of acute infection after successful clinical trials Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The medicines regulator has approved use of the first treatment in the UK using artificial antibodies to prevent and fight Covid-19. The health secretary, Sajid Javid, said approval of the first drug …

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Hundreds of UK and EU cosmetics products contain ingredients tested on animals

New analysis finds chemicals tested on animals in moisturisers, lipsticks, hair conditioner and sunscreen, despite ban Hundreds of cosmetic products sold in the UK and Europe contain ingredients that have been tested on animals, despite bans that outlawed such testing years ago, a new analysis has shown. Banned tests were performed on ingredients used in …

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Drug firms poised to make billions of dollars from Covid booster jabs

Sales of BioNTech, Moderna and Pfizer drugs could rival $6bn-a-year market for flu vaccines, say analysts Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The drug companies Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna are poised to make billions of dollars from Covid-19 booster jabs this autumn, with analysts estimating that sales could rival the $6bn-a-year market …

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Breast cancer drug approved for NHS after maker agrees discount

Reversal of earlier rejection by Nice of abemaciclib – known as Verzenios – is welcomed by campaigners A breast cancer drug that was rejected for routine NHS use in England earlier this year has now been recommended by health officials after a discount was agreed with the manufacturer. The decision has been described as “fantastic …

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Covid-19 vaccines: the contracts, prices and profits

Raised charges and Covax deals on order books of Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Two US companies, Pfizer and Moderna, have raised the prices of their Covid-19 vaccines after data from clinical trials showed their mRNA formula was more effective than cheaper vaccines from Britain’s AstraZeneca …

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UK orders extra Covid vaccines for autumn 2022 booster campaign

Pfizer reportedly asked to supply 35m more doses, with final go-ahead for this year’s programme still awaited Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Ministers have started ordering vaccines for a booster campaign in autumn 2022, with Pfizer reportedly being asked to supply the UK with a further 35m doses. The government has …

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UK could allow animal tests for cosmetic ingredients for first time since 1998

Exclusive: campaigners say aligning with EU ruling on chemical testing will ‘blow a hole’ in UK leadership on cruelty-free cosmetics Ministers have opened the door to expanding the use of animal testing to ingredients used in cosmetic products for the first time in 23 years, an animal welfare charity has said. Cruelty Free International (CFI) …

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Carlyle ups bid for inhaler firm Vectura, trumping tobacco giant Philip Morris

Offer for UK company from Marlboro cigarettes maker had alarmed medical experts US private equity firm Carlyle has made an improved £958m takeover offer for British inhaler maker Vectura, trumping an earlier bid from tobacco company Philip Morris International that had alarmed medical experts. Carlyle said on Friday it would offer 155p a share for …

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Pfizer and Flynn accused of overcharging NHS for anti-epilepsy drugs

Competition regulator the CMA alleges drugs firms abused dominant position with unfairly high prices Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Flynn have been accused by the UK’s competition watchdog of illegally overcharging the NHS for vital anti-epilepsy drugs by abusing their dominance in the market to raise prices overnight. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed …

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Covid drug could help reduce heavy menstrual bleeding

Trial suggests anti-inflammatory dexamethasone may offer welcome alternative to intra-uterine system Researchers hope a steroid that shot to prominence during the Covid pandemic may help reduce blood loss in those who experience heavy periods. The cheap anti-inflammatory dexamethasone was discovered to improve survival rates among patients critically ill with Covid. It is also used for …

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Olympic BMX funding cut wins gold for sexism | Brief letters

Drug companies | Political parties | UK Sport | Happy news | Mixed-up names Instead of fining drug firms that hike their prices (Report, 29 July) a more effective deterrent might be to strip them of their patent at the first sign of overpricing. I’m not sure even large fines will make any difference to …

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As Delta spreads, Pfizer and Moderna get set for a booster shot to profits

The firms are already taking the lion’s share of earnings from the market, as this week’s results will show Praised for preventing hundreds of thousands of deaths and allowing a return to more normal life, Covid vaccines will also substantially benefit some pharmaceutical companies. In June, analysts estimated the global market for the vaccines could …

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Drug firm that hiked prices by 6,000% paid shareholders £400m

Advanz Pharma and former private equity owners were fined £100m by markets watchdog A pharmaceuticals firm that inflated thyroid drug prices by up to 6,000% over a decade paid out more than £400m to shareholders and directors during the same period. London-based Advanz Pharma – and its former private equity owners HgCapital and Cinven – …

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Pain aggravation: the human cost of medicine price hikes

After Advanz’s £100m fine over the price of its thyroid tablets, two people recount the difficulty of obtaining medication The UK’s competition watchdog has fined pharmaceutical company Advanz over £100m for inflating the price of its thyroid tablets by up to 6,000%. The exorbitant costs resulted in NHS clinical commissioning groups advising doctors not to …

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Price gouging fine for Advanz is a rare story that is becoming common | Phillip Inman

Competition and Markets Authority is working on a string of cases involving the NHS being overcharged for drugs A fine by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for unfair pricing by private health companies is a rare story that looks set to become increasingly common. This week’s example is the £100m penalty dished out to …

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AstraZeneca sales of Covid vaccine triple to $1.2bn in first half of 2021

Not-for-profit pledge sees British firm’s sales revenue fall significantly short of US rival Pfizer Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine has brought in $1.2bn (£900m) in the first half of this year, with sales tripling in the second quarter from the first – but its earnings remained significantly below …

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Pharma firm Advanz fined after thyroid drug price hike of 6,000%

CMA found company’s ‘excessive and unfair’ prices cost NHS almost £30m extra over 10 years The UK’s competition watchdog has imposed fines of more than £100m on the pharmaceutical company Advanz and its former private equity owners after it was found to have inflated the price of its thyroid tablets by up to 6,000%. An …

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Major delay in federal government’s Novavax deal, with 51m doses not expected until 2022

Initially touted as a ‘primary’ vaccine to help immunise Australia by the end of this year, Novavax will now form part of the booster strategy One of the federal government’s key vaccine deals has been hit with major delays, with 51 million doses of Novavax originally due to arrive in the second half of this …

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Is medical cannabis really a magic bullet?

Research increasingly suggests that extracts from the plant are effective in treating pain, anxiety, epilepsy and more, but experts still preach caution around recreational use In 2017, Mikael Sodergren, a liver and pancreatic cancer surgeon at Imperial College healthcare NHS trust, was finding himself becoming increasingly interested in the potential role of medical cannabis in …

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GSK plans £400m life sciences campus in Stevenage

Pharmaceuticals firm thinks creating cluster of companies at its site could result in up to 5,000 jobs GlaxoSmithKline is seeking to create a £400m campus in Stevenage for new life sciences companies that it believes could result in up to 5,000 jobs over the next decade. The pharmaceuticals company has kicked off a process to …

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UK drug companies fined £260m for inflating prices for NHS

Watchdog issues warning after abuses that included paying would-be rivals to stay out of the market The UK’s competition watchdog has imposed fines totalling more than £260m on pharmaceutical companies after an investigation found that they overcharged the NHS for hydrocortisone tablets for almost a decade. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that the …

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US officials call for more data on vaccine boosters as Pfizer pushes for third shot

• Pharma company presses case with senior health officials • WHO urges priority for nations with low Covid vaccination rates Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company that created one of the first Covid-19 vaccines to be approved, has been making a hard sell for emergency approval of boosters – additional doses given to those already vaccinated, especially …

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Pfizer pushes for booster shots as WHO says greed is driving vaccine disparities

• Pharmaceutical company seeks FDA approval for third dose • Companies urged to instead prioritise less wealthy countries After a sharp increase in US Covid cases and amid fears of a surge of the Delta variant, Pfizer on Monday said it was seeking federal authorisation for third doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to be delivered …

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Morrison government silent on contact with Pfizer global chief after Kevin Rudd intervenes in vaccine talks

Under fire for his government not reaching out to the pharmaceutical giant’s international head, health minister Greg Hunt also avoided naming the former Labor PM Scott Morrison and federal health minister Greg Hunt have not denied claims that they failed to press Australia’s case for more vaccine doses directly with Pfizer’s global chief, after revelations …

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FDA calls for investigation into its contacts with Alzheimer’s drug maker

• Acting commissioner refers agency to inspector general • Biogen Inc’s drug Aduhelm controversially approved last month The US drug regulator has called for an independent federal investigation into the interactions between its representatives and Biogen Inc that led to the approval of the company’s Alzheimer’s disease drug last month. The drugmaker’s shares fell 3% …

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How should you respond to deep, sincere praise? There are no easy answers | Zoe Williams

On morning TV this week, two of the developers of the Oxford vaccine were faced with an outpouring of thanks. It was very much deserved – and very hard for them to reply I don’t watch much TV in the morning – I put it roughly on a par with smoking weed in the morning …

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Philip Morris International makes £1bn offer for pharma firm Vectura

Tobacco company strikes deal for British firm developing pioneering inhaled treatment for Covid-19 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Philip Morris International, the tobacco company and maker of Marlboro cigarettes, has struck a £1bn deal to buy Vectura, the British pharmaceutical company developing a pioneering inhaled treatment for Covid-19. The £1.04bn offer …

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Oxford drugs firm gains $1.5m Gates grant for Covid-19 therapy

Exclusive: Exscientia to use AI in proposed fast-track development of ‘low-cost’ pill for Sars viruses Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Exscientia, an Oxford-based firm that uses artificial intelligence to develop medicines, has won a $1.5m grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create a Covid-19 treatment that also works …

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UK supercomputer Cambridge-1 to hunt for medical breakthroughs

Computer – the most powerful in Britain – will use AI to find new cures and deepen understanding of diseases The UK’s most powerful supercomputer, which its creators hope will make the process of preventing, diagnosing and treating disease better, faster and cheaper, is operational. Christened Cambridge-1, the supercomputer represents a $100m investment by US-based …

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I thought HIV meant death but it led me to fight to save millions of lives | Vuyiseka Dubula

Twenty years ago in South Africa people were dying unable to access expensive antiretrovirals. The creation of the Global Fund was gamechanging In 2001, at the age of 22 – when I thought my life had just begun – I was diagnosed with HIV. At that time, the diagnosis felt like a death sentence. Every …

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Centre Court ovations, limbo-dancing grans – it’s all been humbling, say Oxford vaccine creators

Sarah Gilbert and Catherine Green tell of their pioneering vaccine work but warn the battle is far from over Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Sarah Gilbert’s experiences at Wimbledon last week clearly had a profound impact on the medical researcher – though it was not the standing ovation that the vaccine …

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GSK firmly rejects Elliott Management’s demands over chief executive

Hedge fund had sought to force Emma Walmsley to reapply for her job ahead of drugmaker’s corporate split The drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has issued a firm rejection of the main demands made by the activist investor Elliott Management, and insisted its chief executive, Emma Walmsley, would lead the new pharmaceuticals and vaccines company after a corporate …

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Million Pfizer jabs face being dumped after Israel-UK swap deal fails

Israel says technical issues have scuppered deal to give UK Covid vaccines expiring on 30 July Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage More than a million Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine doses held in Israel that are due to expire at the end of July may be thrown away after attempts to broker a swap …

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Nissan hasn’t put UK ahead in electric race, it’s just got it off the starting grid

The first stage of the Nissan project in Sunderland will deliver 9GWh of capacity but there is a very long way to go in this ‘race’ One can’t grumble too much about ministers’ ra-ra tone over Nissan’s plans to build an electric battery plant, or gigafactory, in Sunderland as part of a £1bn project. The …

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Activist investor Elliott tries to force GSK boss to reapply for her job

US hedge fund ratchets up pressure on Dame Emma Walmsley before company’s demerger next year The US activist investor Elliott Management has in effect demanded Dame Emma Walmsley reapply for her job as chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline before the pharmaceutical company’s demerger of its consumer healthcare division next year. In a 17-page public letter (pdf) …

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‘Johnson & Johnson helped fuel this fire’ – now it’s out of the opioids business

Whether the pharmaceutical giant jumped or was pushed, its New York deal is a significant sign of the way the wind is blowing Johnson & Johnson said it had already jumped. New York’s attorney general suggested the pharmaceutical giant was pushed. Either way, the American drug maker is the first to formally agree to get …

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The Oxford vaccine: the trials and tribulations of a world-saving jab

Amid bemusement from scientists at the deluge of often undeserved criticism, the Guardian pieces together the story behind the vaccine’s successes and failures Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In January 2020, when most of the world slept soundly in ignorance of the pandemic coming its way, a group of scientists at …

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Drug firms giving MPs ‘hidden’ funding, research shows

Pharmaceutical industry has “hidden web of policy influence” over dozens of all-party parliamentary groups Drug companies are giving groups of MPs and peers that campaign on health issues hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in “hidden” funding that could hand them “undue influence”, research has found. The pharmaceutical industry has built up a “hidden …

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GSK’s changes leave a long road ahead but CEO Walmsley deserves a hearing

Emma Walmsley still has time to build belief in product pipeline – but clinging onto consumer division hardly shouts confidence “I am a change agent,” declared Emma Walmsley, as she unveiled the biggest overhaul of GlaxoSmithKline in the 20-odd years of the company’s life in its current form. The consumer healthcare division will depart via …

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GSK drugmaker sets ambitious sales target before shake-up

Firm aims to boost pharmaceutical and vaccine business by 5% annually for five years GSK has cut its dividend and set ambitious sales targets as its under-pressure chief executive, Dame Emma Walmsley, pledged to lead Britain’s second-biggest drugmaker through a corporate shake-up next year. GSK is spinning off its consumer healthcare business and aims to …

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Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca? The ridiculous, diverting rise of vaccine envy

Casual vaccine chat is today’s only form of small talk, so it’s not surprising it would take a lightheartedly tribal turn. Ultimately, of course, gratitude is at the heart of the conversation Last week, I had cause to go searching for images of men getting vaccinated (it’s not a fetish – it was for work) …

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Western countries must share Covid vaccines – if only for the sake of their GDP

Optimistic forecasts about ‘bouncing back’ will only come true if new variants do not close borders and devastate trade again Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The world economy is on course to bounce back from the pandemic with a momentum that will carry through to next year and beyond. This prediction, …

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Will Emma Walmsley’s radical therapy cure GlaxoSmithKline?

The boss’s plan to divide the pharma giant has support – but her own position may hinge on a crucial presentation this week Dame Emma Walmsley faces the toughest day of her career as chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday. The head of Britain’s second-biggest drugmaker will present a 10-year outlook to shareholders and analysts, …

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Covid jabs for billions of humans will earn their makers billions of dollars

We look at the drug firms – led by Pfizer and Moderna – that are set to profit most in an unprecedented global vaccination drive Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Drugmakers led by US firms Pfizer and Moderna stand to make tens of billions of dollars from their Covid-19 vaccines this …

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EU fails in court action to secure urgent 120m doses of Oxford Covid vaccine

But Brussels court says AstraZeneca should earlier have used UK plants to fulfil EU deliveries Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The EU has failed in a legal attempt to secure an urgent 120m vaccine doses from AstraZeneca by the end of this month, while securing a judgment that sites in Oxford …

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EU fails in court action to secure urgent 120m doses of Oxford Covid vaccine

But Brussels court says AstraZeneca should earlier have used UK plants to fulfil EU deliveries Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The EU has failed in a legal attempt to secure an urgent 120m vaccine doses from AstraZeneca by the end of this month, while securing a judgment that sites in Oxford …

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AstraZeneca vaccine price pledge omits some poor countries, contract shows

Exclusive: firm could charge more in places such as Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka once Covid pandemic is over Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca can charge a higher price for its Covid-19 vaccine in dozens of poor countries once the pharmaceutical company decides the pandemic has ended, according to a copy …

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Vaccines were not part of AstraZeneca’s grand strategy, so what’s the plan now?

Having built a big operation during the pandemic it could stick or twist but either way investors will soon want a decision What’s AstraZeneca’s strategy in Covid treatments? In the short term, there is no confusion: the company will continue pumping out vaccine doses, will keep signing partnerships and will try to ignore churlishness in …

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Hospitality firms urgently need clarity from Sunak about £2.5bn of unpaid rent

Giving landlords and tenants six months to work out a deal on arrears could stop an wave of bankruptcies in the sector If it really is a case of “one more heave” on vaccinations before restrictions on the hospitality sector can be eased, what’s the best way to ensure the country’s pubs, restaurants and nightclubs …

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Drop Covid vaccine patent rules to save lives in world’s poorest countries, Britain and Germany told

G7 summit hears move would slash the cost of jabs and accelerate the rollout of programmes across the developing world Britain and Germany were last night under intense pressure to drop their resistance to proposals that would slash the cost of Covid-19 vaccines, following accusations that an agreement at the G7 summit to fund a …

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Covid vaccine programme for developing countries could cost $6.5bn

If pharmaceutical companies do not waive intellectual property rights the cost could reach $80bn Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The world’s developing countries could be vaccinated against Covid-19 at a cost of just $6.5bn (£4.6n) if pharmaceutical companies waive their intellectual property rights, under plans being outlined at the G7 summit …

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US drugmaker Regeneron under fire for ‘excessive’ payouts to executives

Advisory groups questioned whether the upfront payouts were in the best interests of shareholders The US drugmaker Regeneron, whose Covid treatment was hailed as a “cure” by Donald Trump last year, has come under fire from two influential shareholder advisory groups over “excessive” payouts made to its top executives ahead of its annual meeting on …

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Ronald Cresswell obituary

Pharmaceutical researcher with a flair for business who brought a string of vital drugs to market In 1960 the chemist Ronald Cresswell, who has died aged 86, had a lucky break. As a result of travelling from Glasgow to take up a post in New York he attended a conference of the American Chemical Society, …

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More research funding needed to avoid drug-resistant pandemic, warns report

Smaller firms are developing most antibiotics targeting superbugs but often at risk of bankruptcy Small drugmakers and biotech firms that are developing the bulk of new antibiotics need far more financial support, according to a new report, which warned that without these life-saving medicines there could be a pandemic of drug-resistant infections, worse than Covid-19. …

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Thailand starts Covid vaccine drive using jabs made by king’s firm

Country aims to vaccinate 70% of people this year but experts express doubts amid supply concerns Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Thailand has started its Covid vaccination campaign amid concerns over the supply of doses, which are mainly being produced locally by a royal-owned company that has no prior experience of …

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Helen Murray Free obituary

Chemist who transformed medical screening by developing glucose dipsticks In the 1950s the US chemist Helen Murray Free, who has died aged 98, was responsible for developing glucose dipsticks. Their use led to much simpler medical screening methods that are still widely used today for pregnancy tests, the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes, and to …

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Fears of side-effects fuel reluctance to get Covid jabs, survey finds

Imperial College London survey in 15 countries also reveals worries that vaccines had not been tested enough Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Most people who are reluctant to be vaccinated against Covid are worried about side-effects and whether the vaccines have been adequately tested, a survey in 15 countries has shown. …

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Stoush over cost of hormone patches puts Australian women’s health at risk

Sandoz Australia is threatening to withdraw patches from public subsidy list if government does not agree to price hike Pharmaceutical company Sandoz Australia is in a standoff with the federal government over the pricing of hormone patches relied on by thousands of women. There is a risk that if an agreement is not reached the …

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MPs tell Johnson: you have a duty to help vaccinate the world

Exclusive: group urges prime minister to tackle ‘desperate shortage’ in developing nations Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson has a “moral duty” to immediately start matching each vaccine administered at home with a donated dose to poorer countries across the world, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said. …

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Taiwan accuses China of interfering with Covid vaccine deals

President says agreement with German firm BioNTech has been delayed after Beijing intervention Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Taiwan’s president has accused China of interfering in its vaccine acquisition programme, as the island continues to battle hundreds of daily new cases of Covid-19 with low supplies of vaccines. Taiwan has received …

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German scientists say they can help improve Covid vaccines to prevent blood clots

AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson jabs have caused rare blood clots but scientists say they can be redesigned to avoid problem Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A team of German scientists believe that they have worked out why some people given the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines against Covid-19 develop …

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Has Marks and Spencer really got it right at last? | Nils Pratley

We’ve heard the argument before, but now it does seem the moment of maximum danger has passed Green shoots at M&S? That was chairman Archie Norman’s boast as he peered through the thicket of exceptional charges that dominated yet another set of annual results and turned a small headline pre-tax profit of £41.6m into a …

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UK pharmaceutical firm Ventura agrees to £958m takeover deal

Private equity firm Carlyle Group to buy company that is developing inhaled treatment for Covid-19 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The British pharmaceutical company Vectura Group, which is developing a pioneering inhaled treatment for Covid-19, has agreed a £958m takeover by Carlyle Group as it looks set to become the latest …

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Moderna jab stops Covid transmission in people aged 12 to 18, trial finds

Moderna becomes second manufacturer to announce successful trial results in younger people Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Mass vaccination of children against Covid-19 moved a step closer as Moderna became the second manufacturer to announce successful trial results, showing its vaccine can stop transmission in people aged 12 to 18. Pfizer/BioNTech’s …

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AstraZeneca chief hits back at ‘armchair generals’ after criticism

Pascal Soriot defends firm and says its booster jab has performed well against new Covid variants in trials Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The chief executive of AstraZeneca has defended the company against “armchair generals” and said its vaccine has a future. Pascal Soriot disclosed the UK had priority access to …

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Labour says UK must ‘get off the fence’ over global Covid vaccine access

Shadow trade secretary backs US call for patent waiver as party proposes plan to increase production in poorer countries Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Labour party is urging Boris Johnson to lead a drive by rich countries to boost global Covid-19 vaccine production and is warning the threat from new …

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Poorer countries face long delays in receiving Covid vaccines

Efforts in Africa and elsewhere hit by decision not to export AstraZeneca jab from India until end of year Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vaccine programmes across Africa and much of the developing world will suffer big delays after the world’s biggest producer said it would not be exporting the Oxford/AstraZeneca …

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GSK and Medicago report positive Covid vaccine trial data

Announcement follows encouraging news from collaboration with French drugmaker Sanofi Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage GlaxoSmithKline has unveiled positive interim results from mid-stage trials of a Covid-19 vaccine it is developing with the Canadian biotech firm Medicago, a day after releasing strong data from its vaccine collaboration with the French drugmaker …

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GSK’s late entry to the vaccine race will help protect it from aggressive investors | Nils Pratley

Whatever Elliott Management’s intentions, the UK-based pharmaceutical firm will now be seen as a national asset GlaxoSmithKline’s progress on Covid vaccines has been slow, frustrating and surprising. More was expected sooner, because the company remains far bigger in the wider vaccine field than, say, AstraZeneca. But there are now tangible signs the pace is improving. …

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GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi report strong results in trials of Covid vaccine

News will offer some some relief for GSK chief Emma Walmsley, who has been under pressure from investor GlaxoSmithKline is in the running to bring a new Covid-19 vaccine on to the market by the year end, thanks to positive results from early trials that will allow the formula to enter into late-stage studies within …

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We’re all the poorer for shareholders’ loss of nerve on executive pay

AstraZeneca’s vaccine effort is remarkable, but investors should not have let it divert them from the job of moderating bonuses Investors failed another test of backbone last week, as a number of eye-popping pay packages overcame the threat of voter rebellions at annual general meetings. The board of AstraZeneca asked shareholders to support their decision …

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Delay in giving second jabs of Pfizer vaccine improves immunity

Study finds antibodies against Sars-CoV-2 three-and-a-half times higher in people vaccinated again after 12 weeks rather than three Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK’s decision to delay second doses of coronavirus vaccines has received fresh support from research on the over-80s which found that giving the Pfizer/BioNTech booster after 12 …

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Moderna says it has signed deal with Australia to supply 25m doses of Covid vaccine

Company says 10m could arrive by year’s end as it eyes local manufacturing opportunities Australians will have another vaccine option after the pharmaceutical company Moderna announced it has signed a deal with the federal government to provide 25m doses of its mRNA-based vaccine to the nation. The announcement was made overnight in a press release …

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Pfizer warns Australia a Covid vaccine patent waiver could harm supply and safety

The pharmaceutical giant argues waiving intellectual property protections could see scarce inputs snapped up making it harder to produce vaccines Full Story podcast: Is Australia stopping the world’s poorest nations from accessing cheap vaccines? What is patent waiving and will it solve the global shortage? Pfizer has warned Australia against joining a growing push to …

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AstraZeneca’s boss is a boardroom superstar but a potential £2m cherry is pushing the point

Fund managers tried to vote down Pascal Soriot’s package for fear of more boardroom pay inflation A majority is a majority, but a rebellion of 40% against an executive pay policy is too large to be pinned solely on those brain-dead fund managers who outsource their thinking to proxy voting agencies. At AstraZeneca some serious …

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Nearly 40% of AstraZeneca investors reject boss’s bonus rise

Covid vaccine maker passes its remuneration policy but suffers sizeable rebellion AstraZeneca investors narrowly approved pay package proposals for its chief executive, Pascal Soriot, after nearly 40%voted against the policy, which could hand him payand perks of up to £17.8m for 2021. At the company’s annual meeting in Cambridge, the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker managed to pass …

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AstraZeneca chief executive’s pay rise in doubt ahead of investor vote

Investors are lining up to oppose pay-and-perks plan for Pascal Soriot worth up to £17.8m for 2021 AstraZeneca could be forced to rip up plans to boost the pay of its chief executive, Pascal Soriot, as investors prepare to vote on proposals that could take his remuneration after nearly a decade at the helm of …

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India records almost 4,200 Covid deaths in a day

County reports more than 400,000 new infections but experts suspect figures are gross underestimate Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Covid-19 deaths surged past 4,000 for the first time in India on Saturday in one of the world’s worst outbreaks. India reported a national record of 4,187 new deaths on Saturday. Continue …

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How US companies could use patients’ data from Covid vaccine drive

Privacy advocates warn retail pharmacies in particular are blurring the line between public health and commerce Data rights organizations have warned that patients lack a clear understanding of how information about their health, employment, contact or location details may be used if it is collected by private entities during the Covid-19 vaccine drive. Some advocates …

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The Guardian view on waiving Covid vaccine patents: protect the world, not big pharma | Editorial

The US is now backing plans that could help billions more access vaccines. The UK should follow suit The rapid emergence of Covid vaccines has been a remarkable yet bittersweet success, pointing to both humanity’s scientific achievements and its social and economic failures. Experts created them at extraordinary speed; yet as the pandemic rages, many …

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Pharmaceutical firms’ shares tumble after US plans patent waiver on Covid vaccines

Shares in Chinese and US companies fell sharply following announcement to boost production Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Shares in pharmaceutical companies fell sharply after the US government threw its weight behind global plans for a patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines to boost their production and distribution around the world. Shortly …

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EU wants to mass produce three ‘course-changing’ Covid drugs from October

Health commissioner says plan is to reduce hospitalisation and tackle long-term impact of Covid Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Three Covid medicines with the potential to “change the course” of the pandemic will be authorised for mass production and use in the EU by October under a European Commission plan. Stella …

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US support for Covid vaccine patent waivers puts pressure on EU and UK

Analysis: Joe Biden’s support for idea is vital but it won’t happen without backing of other rich nations Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It was a “seismic decision” by Joe Biden, the US president, say campaigners who have fought for the demolition of patent protection on vaccines and drugs for decades. …

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EU ‘ready to discuss’ waiver on Covid vaccine patents

Emmanuel Macron also supports US-backed proposal described as a gamechanger by WHO Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The head of the European commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has said the bloc is “ready to discuss” a US-backed proposal for a waiver on the patents for Covid-19 vaccines and the French president, …

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Indivior’s UK shareholders have chance to put teeth into clawback clauses | Nils Pratley

Former chief executive sent to prison for six months but will keep $1.65m in outstanding pay awards “We recognise that our remuneration structure is different in some respects from a typical UK package,” said Daniel Phelan, the chair of Indivior’s remuneration committee, in the company’s annual report. You bet. The difference isn’t only the size …

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Sunak’s stamp duty holiday extension has merely inflamed the housing market

Throwing money at an already heated market looks nonsensical and could lose the Treasury £2bn Surprise, surprise. Presented, or so they thought, with an end-March deadline to save a few thousand pounds on stamp duty, buyers rushed to complete their house purchases. Mortgage lending in the month reached a new record. It requires no imagination …

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‘Obscene’ bonus hike for AstraZeneca boss prompts investor anger

Advisory groups ask shareholders to oppose bid to raise Pascal Soriot’s maximum share bonus to 650% of £1.3m basic pay AstraZeneca is facing mounting opposition over its plans to award its chief executive, Pascal Soriot, a big increase in bonuses, with two investor advisory groups calling on shareholders to vote against the policy. Glass Lewis …

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Pfizer forecasts $26bn from annual sales of Covid-19 vaccine

Vaccine will generate 73% more than forecast based on contracts signed until mid-April Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage US drugmaker Pfizer expects to make $26bn (£19bn) in revenues from sales of its Covid-19 vaccine this year, with its soaraway product accounting for more than a third of the company’s annual income. …

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Investors flock to life sciences as UK sector breaks funding record

Covid crisis spurs growing interest in drugmakers, diagnostics and medical equipment firms UK drugmakers, diagnostics, medical equipment and other life sciences companies have raised £10.6bn from private funding rounds and stock market flotations in the first three months of the year, more than half of last year’s record total, according to a report. Last year, …

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AstraZeneca revenues up as it delivers jab to 120 countries via Covax

Quarterly results from Anglo-Swedish producer of Covid vaccine show better-than-expected 15% rise Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca has generated $275m (£197m) in revenues from its Covid vaccine in the first three months of the year and shipped 48m doses to 120 countries through the global vaccine-sharing initiative Covax. Most of …

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India wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out?

More than 100 countries are pushing for a temporary waiver of IP rules to boost vaccine access for developing nations. Why hasn’t it been approved? As India grapples with a devastating Covid wave that has overwhelmed its hospitals, offers of aid, including from Australia, have flooded in from around the world. The help on offer …

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Miracles may not be in the pipeline at GSK but it’s too soon to panic | Nils Pratley

The CEO’s best policy is to ignore the noise. The decluttering demerger plan looks solid and is backed by shareholders It was not a knockout quarter to put Elliott Management, the big, aggressive and newly arrived US activist hedge fund, back in its box. GlaxoSmithKline’s revenues fell 18% as patients, sensibly, delayed their GSK shingles …

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GSK’s Emma Walmsley vows to lead drugs firm through corporate split

CEO is under pressure to improve GSK’s performance after profit slump and arrival of activist shareholder GlaxoSmithKline’s chief executive, Emma Walmsley, has vowed to lead the company through next year’s corporate split and beyond, and to keep research spending high, as she came under mounting pressure to improve the drugmaker’s performance after a decline in …

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UK orders 60m more doses of Pfizer Covid vaccine for booster jabs

Health secretary says greater supplies of vaccine will help safeguard progress in tackling coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK has ordered a further 60m doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine in an effort to ensure that booster jabs can be given from this autumn, the government has announced. The …

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Emergent chief sold $10m in stock before company ruined 15m Covid vaccines

Stock unloaded by Robert G Kramer would now be worth only $5.5m while FDA report found unsanitary conditions at plant Coronavirus – live news The chief executive of the pharmaceutical giant Emergent BioSolutions sold $10m in company stock weeks before the publication of the company’s financial results and a production error that ruined 15m Covid-19 …

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EU starts legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls

Firm says it will ‘strongly defend itself’ against claim it breached agreement to supply Covid jab Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca said it would “strongly defend itself in court” and highlighted its supply of 50m Covid vaccine doses to European countries as Brussels launched legal action against the pharmaceutical company …

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What Covid vaccines does the UK have and which are in the works?

As Valneva recruits volunteers for final stage trials of its vaccine, here is the current state of play in Britain Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vaccines to protect against the coronavirus were designed, tested and manufactured in record time, and several have been approved for use in the UK vaccination programme, …

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In the fight against Covid, have we been inoculated against compassion? | Letters

Dr Mohga Kamal-Yanni says world leaders must stop putting big pharma’s profits before people’s lives. Sue Hoar wonders why more is not being done to help Covid patients in India The shortfall in Covid vaccine doses going to the Covax vaccine-sharing scheme is deeply worrying, and highlights a massive flaw in the plans to provide …

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GlaxoSmithKline faces dose of strong medicine from US investor

This week’s lacklustre results will strengthen boss Emma Walmsley’s case for reform – but also inspire her critics When the American hedge fund Elliott Management took a sizeable stake in GlaxoSmithKline this month, the drugmaker’s shares jumped 5% on speculation of a possible shake-up at the company. GSK’s chief executive, Emma Walmsley, will face questions …

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The world is desperate for more Covid vaccines – patents shouldn’t get in the way | Stephen Buranyi

Pharmaceutical companies insist secrecy is the only way. But what if they were obliged to share recipes and supply chains? Biolyse is a small pharmaceutical manufacturer in Canada with a simple proposition: provide a recipe for a coronavirus vaccine, and it will produce 20m doses for nations in the global south. It has approached AstraZeneca …

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EU’s legal pursuit of AstraZeneca looks short-sighted

Only semi-guaranteed outcome is that big pharma will never again agree to work for no profit during a pandemic It’s been hard to keep up with the European commission and EU leaders’ changing stances on the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. But the ferocity of complaints about delayed deliveries seemed to have lessened in recent weeks. When …

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EU asks states to back legal action against AstraZeneca

Commission move causes concern about bringing case against key supplier of Covid vaccines Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage EU capitals have been asked by the European commission to back legal action against AstraZeneca by the end of the week over an alleged breach of its contractual obligations to supply member states …

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Revealed: big shortfall in Covax Covid vaccine-sharing scheme

Only a fifth of doses expected by May delivered as export bans, hoarding and supply shortages bite Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The global vaccine-sharing initiative Covax has so far delivered about one in five of the Oxford/AstraZeneca doses it estimated would arrive in countries by May, according to a Guardian …

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The Covid crisis: some people think it’s all over … it isn’t

A new reality check is coming unless the west replicates its ‘whatever-it-takes approach’ to help poorer countries cope Denial. Panic. False dawn. Relief mingled with a decent dollop of euphoria. Britain’s response to Covid-19 has moved through distinct phases, and there are at least two more to come. Despite the success of the vaccine programme, …

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Covid booster shot warning ‘underlines urgent need for Australia to make mRNA vaccines’

Pfizer boss flags likelihood that extra jabs will be required – raising prospect of increased global demand Covid booster shot could be needed after nine to 12 months, White House says Experts say suggestions that a third dose of Pfizer may be needed within 12 months again show why Australia “urgently” needs to develop an …

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GlaxoSmithKline shares jump at news of activist hedge fund interest

UK pharmaceutical company has been under pressure to rebuild portfolio of new medicines Shares in GlaxoSmithKline jumped on Thursday, after it emerged that the activist hedge fund Elliott Management has built a sizeable stake in the company, signalling a potential battle over the future of the UK drug maker. New York-based Elliott, which is run …

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Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine research ‘was 97% publicly funded’

Analysis rebuts claim by Boris Johnson that jab was developed ‘because of greed’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage At least 97% of the funding for the development of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has been identified as coming from taxpayers or charitable trusts, according to the first attempt to reconstruct who paid …

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Will Covid vaccines protect us against new variants? | Julian Tang

New strains such as the South African variant that’s emerged in south London will require constant vigilance as lockdown eases All viruses mutate. They do this to adapt and survive better in their specific host. The virus that causes Covid-19 is no different: it has moved from the animal realm, where it most likely originated …

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UK strategy of backing several Covid vaccines seems to be paying off

Analysis: buying new and existing technologies ensured alternatives if a vaccine failed or had supply issues Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The government has said the decision by Johnson & Johnson to delay the supply of its Covid vaccine to Europe, while the US investigates reports of six cases of unusual …

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EU seeking ‘urgent clarification’ on Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine delay

Company has said it is postponing deployment in Europe following concerns about blood clots in US Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The European commission is seeking “urgent clarification” from Johnson & Johnson after the company’s “completely unexpected” announcement that it has decided to delay the deployment of its coronavirus vaccine across …

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African health workers left without Covid jabs as paltry supplies dwindle

Fear of third wave and new variants as sub-Saharan vaccine distribution is dogged by supply disruption Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Millions of healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa continue to risk their lives to fight Covid-19 as authorities across the continent struggle to obtain and distribute vaccines to frontline medical staff. …

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Australia reports second blood clot case ‘likely’ linked to AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

Woman in her 40s in Western Australia reported to be in hospital in a stable condition after developing clot Health authorities have concluded a second case of a rare blood clot syndrome in Australia “is likely” linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. The case occurred in a woman in her 40s who received the AstraZeneca Covid-19 …

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Global Covid vaccine rollout threatened by shortage of vital components

Pharmaceutical firms warn of delays to items such as the large bags in which vaccine cells are grown Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vaccine-makers around the world face shortages of vital components including large plastic growbags, according to the head of the firm that is manufacturing a quarter of the UK’s …

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EU agency examines reports of blood clots with J&J Covid vaccine

EMA says four serious cases reported, one fatal, and also expands inquiry into AstraZeneca vaccine Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The EU’s drug regulator is reviewing reports of rare blood clots in four people who received Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine and has expanded its inquiry into AstraZeneca’s shot to include …

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Clarity and openness are key to vaccine confidence | Letters

Readers respond to the latest recommendations about the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine Your editorial calling for clarity on the AstraZeneca vaccine’s side-effects risks both being unclear and undermining confidence (The Guardian view on the AstraZeneca vaccine: confidence from clarity, 7 April). You imply that the rate of potentially serious cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is 0.0001%. The …

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What does Australia’s new advice on the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine mean and what is the risk?

Experts say the development of blood clots after getting the jab is still an ‘exceedingly rare’ side effect. So what triggered the government’s change in position? Australia’s vaccine rollout is facing a major shake-up after the federal government heeded the advice of its independent health expert advisory body to avoid giving the AstraZeneca vaccine to …

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Coronavirus: UK expert urges people in 20s to keep getting vaccine

Prof David Spiegelhalter says advantages of vaccinating young people far outweigh risks Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People in their 20s should continue to get vaccinated against Covid despite the very rare cases of blood clotting linked to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine because of the wider benefit to their families, friends and …

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UK ministers silent on AstraZeneca vaccine shipment to Australia

Downing Street will not confirm or deny report that more than 700,000 Covid jabs were sent after EU blocked export Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage British ministers and officials did not deny that more than 700,000 shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine were secretly dispatched from the UK to Australia a few …

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AstraZeneca jab worry may play into hands of anti-vaxxers, say Tories

Iain Duncan Smith, former leader, and another MP, warn of eroded confidence in vaccine plan after ‘messy’ MHRA advice Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A decision to offer people under 30 an alternative vaccine to the AstraZeneca jab has prompted concern that some could shun the injection over fears about its …

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A prized UK biotech firm looks to Wall Street, much to Rishi Sunak’s dismay

Vaccitech, the Oxford-based firm behind the AstraZeneca vaccine, is a high-profile float that slipped away A glowing, Deliveroo-style tribute from Rishi Sunak will not be required for this flotation. Vaccitech, the Oxford-based firm that owns some of the key biotechnology behind the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, is off to New York for a public listing. One …

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Under-30s may have ‘small delay’ in getting Covid jab, says Jonathan Van-Tam

England’s deputy chief medical officer says delay would be precaution against rare side-effect of blood clots Coronavirus – latest UK updates See all our coronavirus coverage People under 30 have been told there may be a “small delay” to when they will receive a coronavirus vaccine, given adults in that age group are now being …

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AstraZeneca jab: UK government says concerns being investigated thoroughly

People urged to keep getting Covid vaccine, with EMA and MHRA expected to give updates on investigation into rare blood clots Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Government advisers say concerns over the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab are being taken “very seriously” and “very thoroughly” investigated, before an imminent announcement by the vaccines regulator. …

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AstraZeneca Covid vaccine: weighing up the risks and rewards

Despite scientific advice to continue getting the jab, answers about fatal blood clots are urgently needed Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vaccines have side-effects, as do all medicines. Most often, jabs cause sore arms, a headache or a bit of nausea – none of which would be very significant when weighed …

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EU blames AstraZeneca ‘failure’ for sluggish Covid vaccine rollout

Anglo-Swedish company ‘solely’ to blame, says EU commissioner as bloc misses April vaccination target AstraZeneca has been squarely blamed by the EU for its comparatively slow Covid vaccine rollout after the bloc of 27 states failed to achieve its target to vaccinate 80% of older people by the end of March. Thierry Breton, the EU …

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Medicines watchdog says no decision made AstraZeneca jab for under-30s

Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Authority was considering restricting vaccine amid concerns over rare blood clots Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK’s medicines regulatory body has said that no decision has been made on any regulatory action relating to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine following reports it is considering restricting use of the …

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Blood clot cases ‘could dent faith of young women in AstraZeneca’

Experts urge public to go for inoculations as benefits far outweigh potential complications Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Health officials are becoming increasingly worried that younger people will reject Covid jabs as concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine continue to grow. A total of 30 cases of rare blood clots have been …

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Two new vaccines on the way – with more to follow this year

Half of UK adults have had a first jab, and future supplies of millions of doses look assured Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Two very different jabs have been responsible for inoculating Britain’s strikingly high number of vaccine recipients – with more than half of the country’s adult population having now …

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The world’s poorest countries are at India’s mercy for vaccines. It’s unsustainable | Achal Prabhala and Leena Menghaney

This is what happens when a third of humanity depends on one manufacturer for Covid jabs. We need to waive patents now As the UK’s vaccination programme was “knocked off course” due to a delay in receiving five million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India, a far more chilling reality was unfolding: about a …

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Pfizer vaccine has 91% efficacy for up to six months, trial shows

Findings based on two doses three weeks apart are first to show shot remains effective for many months Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech protects against symptomatic Covid for up to six months, an updated analysis of clinical trial data has …

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Pfizer finds Covid vaccine safe and effective for children 12 to 15

Drug firm in partnership with BioNTech to seek US approval after trials found vaccine ‘well-tolerated’ in school-age children Pfizer plans to seek emergency approval for its Covid vaccine in younger people after a US trial found the jab prevented the disease and was “well-tolerated” in 12- to 15-year-olds. Related: Germany restricts use of AstraZeneca jab …

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Canada suspends use of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine for those under 55

Immunisation panel says there is ‘substantial uncertainty about the benefit’ of the vaccine given risk of rare type of blood clot See all our coronavirus coverage Canada on Monday suspended the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for people under 55 following concerns it might be linked to rare blood clots. The pause was recommended …

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UK to make up to 60m doses of Novavax Covid vaccine under GSK deal

Deal is intended to boost domestic supply amid fears potential export bans could hit vaccine shipments Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK will produce up to 60m doses of a Covid-19 vaccine under a new deal struck to boost domestic supply, amid fears over potential export bans hitting shipments of …

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Safe, stable, sold at cost: AstraZeneca’s vaccine deserves celebration, not scorn

The company has struggled, like its rivals, to keep up with demand. But it has achieved great things at low prices AstraZeneca is one of the shining stars of the pandemic. Not only did it produce a vaccine where other big players failed, the UK-Swedish company has pledged to sell it at cost until it …

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‘Vaccine prince’: the Indian billionaire set to make Covid jabs for the UK

Serum Institute boss Adar Poonawalla has rented a Mayfair mansion for £50,000 a week Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The AstraZeneca vaccine has made Prof Sarah Gilbert – who led the Oxford team that created it – one of the UK’s most famous modern scientists and turned the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company …

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How the AstraZeneca vaccine became a political football – and a PR disaster

Newly accused of data manipulation by the US, AstraZeneca has faced unprecedented scrutiny over the past six months Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It was billed as the vaccine to deliver the world from Covid. But over the last six months, AstraZeneca – whose jab was designed to save thousands of …

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GSK fires former US vaccine chief Moncef Slaoui over harassment allegation

Drugmaker dismisses former research boss from role at Galvani Bioelectronics GSK has dismissed its former research boss Moncef Slaoui, who became US national vaccine chief under Donald Trump, after an independent investigation found that he sexually harassed one of its female employees. GSK said it had terminated Slaoui’s role at Galvani Bioelectronics, a joint venture …

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Why a fresh AstraZeneca fightback is required in Covid vaccine info row | Nils Pratley

Drugmaker isn’t entirely blameless but making it a political football for EU’s failures is simply ugly The European Union ought to be delighted. The “discovery” of a “stockpile” of 29m vaccine doses in Italy is really a non-discovery. The consignment is held at an authorised plant, available for inspection, and is merely awaiting quality sign-off. …

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AstraZeneca dismisses claim 29m vaccine doses in Italy were bound for UK

Batches were found when Italian police searched factory at request of European commission Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca has dismissed as “inaccurate” a report in the Italian press that 29m doses of its Covid-19 vaccine found in factory near Rome were destined for the UK. La Stampa reported on Wednesday …

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AstraZeneca vaccine: Australia’s drug regulator dismisses questions raised in US about outdated data

Worldwide focus on Covid-19 means a ‘minor issue’ is getting media attention, experts say Australia’s Covid vaccine rollout would be ‘dire’ without local AstraZeneca production, health chief says Australia’s drug regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration, has dismissed questions raised about “outdated information” in AstraZeneca vaccine data by the US Data and Safety Monitoring Board. On …

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EU to widen criteria for possible Covid vaccine export bans

Bloc expected to assess countries’ Covid vaccination coverage and record in facilitating exports to EU Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The EU is expected to take into account the level of vaccination coverage in a country and its record in facilitating exports to the bloc when deciding on whether to prohibit …

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US agency questions AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine trial data

Drug firm may have provided incomplete view of efficacy data from US trial, says safety monitor Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid has been dealt another blow within hours of AstraZeneca posting excellent results from its long-awaited big trial in the US. Questions have been raised in …

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The Guardian view on pandemic politics: we need cooperation, not confrontation | Editorial

Vaccinating the world is the only way out of Covid, but a mixture of nationalism and protectionism is blocking the exit Covid-19 has proved to be the greatest humanitarian and economic disaster of the century. A reported 2.7 million people have already died from the pathogen. Its recession is estimated to be twice as deep …

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Boris Johnson: vaccine cooperation vital to help combat third Covid wave

PM stresses need to work with EU and says surge in infections is likely to ‘wash up on our shores’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson has urged international cooperation over vaccines, saying a third wave of coronavirus elsewhere in Europe would inevitably affect the UK. The prime minister’s remarks …

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Vaccine wars: the week that rocked the UK’s Covid jab rollout

After a week of bans, U-turns and warnings of supply shortfalls, public confidence in vaccination has been dented. Can Britain get back on the fast track out of lockdown? Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage For Stacey Harris, the hardest part of organising vaccinations over the last couple of months has been …

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France limits AstraZeneca Covid jab to over-55s as Europe treads cautiously

Three Scandinavian countries reserve judgment one day after EMA says shot is safe and effective Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage France has said only people aged 55 and over should receive the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, and three Scandinavian countries have reserved judgment until next week, a day after Europe’s health regulator …

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France limits AstraZeneca Covid jab to over-55s as Europe treads cautiously

Three Scandinavian countries reserve judgment one day after EMA says shot is safe and effective Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage France has said only people aged 55 and over should receive the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, and three Scandinavian countries have reserved judgment until next week, a day after Europe’s health regulator …

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The EU’s AstraZeneca vaccine stance will cost lives, here in Spain and all over Europe

Pooling the European Covid vaccine effort was a noble idea. In practice, it has been a disaster In the race between vaccines and new Covid-19 variants, I am on the losing team. There is a simple reason for this, and it is because I live in the European Union – in my case, in Spain. …

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The EU’s AstraZeneca vaccine stance will cost lives, here in Spain and all over Europe

Pooling the European Covid vaccine effort was a noble idea. In practice, it has been a disaster In the race between vaccines and new Covid-19 variants, I am on the losing team. There is a simple reason for this, and it is because I live in the European Union – in my case, in Spain. …

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Patrick Vallance: the adviser who spoke scientific truth to power

The UK’s chief scientific adviser loves good food, enjoys a Scandi drama – and has been called ‘the richest civil servant in history’ Sir Patrick Vallance spent his 60th birthday at a podium in Downing Street, flanking Boris Johnson. Whatever plans he had were scrapped. Continue reading…

Patrick Vallance: the adviser who spoke scientific truth to power

The UK’s chief scientific adviser loves good food, enjoys a Scandi drama – and has been called ‘the richest civil servant in history’ Sir Patrick Vallance spent his 60th birthday at a podium in Downing Street, flanking Boris Johnson. Whatever plans he had were scrapped. Continue reading…

How are Covid vaccines produced and why have there been delays?

The newness of some of the technology and gaps in global preparedness have led to bottlenecks Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage When the first Covid-19 vaccines were approved in the UK and elsewhere three months ago, many thought the end of the pandemic was almost within reach. Few, however, had anticipated …

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How are Covid vaccines produced and why have there been delays?

The newness of some of the technology and gaps in global preparedness have led to bottlenecks Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage When the first Covid-19 vaccines were approved in the UK and elsewhere three months ago, many thought the end of the pandemic was almost within reach. Few, however, had anticipated …

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European countries to resume AstraZeneca jabs after safety backing

EMA says benefits outweigh risks but it is continuing to study possible link with very rare blood clotting disorder Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Italy, France, Germany and several other countries will resume administering AstraZeneca jabs from Friday after Europe’s medicines regulator said the vaccine was “safe and effective” and its …

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European countries to resume AstraZeneca jabs after safety backing

EMA says benefits outweigh risks but it is continuing to study possible link with very rare blood clotting disorder Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Italy, France, Germany and several other countries will resume administering AstraZeneca jabs from Friday after Europe’s medicines regulator said the vaccine was “safe and effective” and its …

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AstraZeneca vaccine ‘safe and effective’, says European Medicines Agency – video

The Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is ‘safe and effective’ and its benefits outweigh the risks, Europe’s medicines regulator has said. The director of the European Medicines Agency, Emer Cooke, said the agency’s safety committee had reached ‘a clear scientific conclusion’ and had not found that the vaccine was associated with an increase in the overall risk of …

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AstraZeneca vaccine ‘safe and effective’, says European Medicines Agency – video

The Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is ‘safe and effective’ and its benefits outweigh the risks, Europe’s medicines regulator has said. The director of the European Medicines Agency, Emer Cooke, said the agency’s safety committee had reached ‘a clear scientific conclusion’ and had not found that the vaccine was associated with an increase in the overall risk of …

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EU to send formal letter to AstraZeneca in Covid vaccine dispute

Bloc hopes to resolve row as it emerges big member states back threat to halt jab exports Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The EU is to send a formal letter to AstraZeneca in an attempt to resolve its dispute over vaccine supplies, a spokesperson has said, as it emerged that capitals …

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EU to send formal letter to AstraZeneca in Covid vaccine dispute

Bloc hopes to resolve row as it emerges big member states back threat to halt jab exports Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The EU is to send a formal letter to AstraZeneca in an attempt to resolve its dispute over vaccine supplies, a spokesperson has said, as it emerged that capitals …

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The FCA’s criminal prosecution of NatWest could cause real damage

Civil cases lost by other banks only led to financial penalties, but the verdict here may hit its reputation NatWest had “resolved all its major legacy issues”, declared Sir Howard Davies, the chairman, 18 months ago, speaking far too soon. Here comes another potential nasty one. The Financial Conduct Authority is bringing criminal charges under …

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The FCA’s criminal prosecution of NatWest could cause real damage

Civil cases lost by other banks only led to financial penalties, but the verdict here may hit its reputation NatWest had “resolved all its major legacy issues”, declared Sir Howard Davies, the chairman, 18 months ago, speaking far too soon. Here comes another potential nasty one. The Financial Conduct Authority is bringing criminal charges under …

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Purdue Pharma unveils $10bn opioid settlement plan to exit from bankruptcy

Plan is backed by $4bn from Sackler family Most parties onboard but Democratic attorneys general oppose Purdue Pharma is proposing a $10bn plan to emerge from bankruptcy that calls for it to be transformed into a company funnelling profits into the fight against the opioid crisis. Those efforts would include a significant boost – more …

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Purdue Pharma unveils $10bn opioid settlement plan to exit from bankruptcy

Plan is backed by $4bn from Sackler family Most parties onboard but Democratic attorneys general oppose Purdue Pharma is proposing a $10bn plan to emerge from bankruptcy that calls for it to be transformed into a company funnelling profits into the fight against the opioid crisis. Those efforts would include a significant boost – more …

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Benefits of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risk, says EMA

European agency seeks to allay blood clot fears as Germany, France and Italy temporarily suspend use Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Europe’s medicines regulator has moved to stifle spiralling concern about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, saying the shot’s benefits outweigh the risks after four major EU countries announced they were suspending its …

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What price a child’s life? India’s quest to make rare disease drugs affordable

Parents whose only hope was finding foreign sponsorship or a clinical trial are now looking for homegrown breakthroughs For three years, Vidya tried to find the cause of her son’s recurrent fevers and low cognitive development. When she found out, she was devastated. Vineeth, 10, has an incurable illness – mucopolysaccharidosis type 2 – that …

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Ireland suspends AstraZeneca Covid vaccine over blood clot concerns

Deployment of Oxford vaccine temporarily deferred after latest reports from Norway Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Ireland is suspending use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid as a precautionary measure following further reports of blood clots in people who have received it, this time from Norway. The deputy chief medical officer, …

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Israeli real-world data on Pfizer vaccine shows high Covid protection

Jab has 97% efficacy against disease and death and 94% against infection without symptoms The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine appears to give high protection against asymptomatic Covid-19, according to data from Israel – a finding that will boost hopes that mass vaccination can stop the spread of the virus. The top line of the real-world results, issued …

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Denmark pauses use of AstraZeneca vaccine to investigate blood clot reports

Health agency suspends use of Covid jab but says no conclusive link has been established Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Denmark’s national health agency has said it is temporarily suspending inoculations with the AstraZeneca vaccine after blood clots formed in several people who had the jab, one of whom has reportedly …

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At AstraZeneca, we know that until everyone is safe from Covid, no one is safe | Pascal Soriot

The scientific community are rising to the challenge, undertaking an unprecedented global health programme Pascal Soriot is the chief executive officer of AstraZeneca Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Covid-19 is a virus that knows no boundaries and has inflicted terrible suffering across the world. Now more than ever, we must remember …

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BioNTech co-founder says gender equality made vaccine possible

Özlem Türeci credits firm’s more than 50% female workforce for speed at which first viable jab created The co-founder and chief medical officer of BioNTech has credited its speed at producing a viable vaccine to the fact its workforce is more than 50% female. Speaking on International Women’s Day, Özlem Türeci also said the fact …

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NHS to use world’s most expensive drug to treat spinal muscular atrophy

Zolgensma, which costs £1.79m for one-off treatment, will be available in England this year for the first time The world’s most expensive drug, which treats babies and young children with a rare and often fatal degenerative disorder, will be available this year for the first time on the NHS in England. Zolgensma, which costs £1.79m …

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From Pfizer to Moderna: who’s making billions from Covid vaccines?

The companies in line for the biggest gains – and the shareholders who have already made fortunes Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The arrival of Covid-19 vaccines promises a return to more normal life – and has created a global market worth tens of billions of dollars in annual sales for …

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Australia requests review of Italy’s block of vaccine export

Italian government said the 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine must be kept in EU Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Australia has asked for a review of Italy’s decision to block the export of 250,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to its shores. In the first such intervention under the EU’s controversial …

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Italy blocks export of 250,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Australia

Row continues between EU and drug firm after shortfall in vaccine deliveries to bloc Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Italy has blocked the export of 250,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia in an escalation of a row with the Anglo-Swedish company. In the first such intervention under the EU’s …

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Thalidomide scandal: Sunak pledges lifetime support for survivors

Joy and relief from campaigners as chancellor’s budget extends support that had been due to run out in 2023 Analysis: Sunak digs in for battle against financial cost of Covid Budget 2021: key points at a glance Budget 2021 live: Sunak to freeze income tax thresholds Thalidomide campaigners have reacted with relief and joy after …

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Covid: Germany and France under pressure to shift Oxford vaccine

Both countries urged to take action to avoid pile-up of unused AstraZeneca vaccine doses Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Authorities in Germany and France are under pressure to come up with creative solutions to shift the AstraZeneca vaccine at higher speed in order to avoid a pile-up of unused doses over …

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Pfizer vaccine may be less effective in people with obesity, says study

Healthcare workers with obesity found to produce only about half the antibodies healthy people do Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may be less effective in people with obesity, data suggests. Italian researchers have discovered that healthcare workers with obesity produced only about half the amount of antibodies in …

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Germany signals AstraZeneca vaccine may be approved for over-65s

Healthcare regulator says it will update recommendations ‘very soon’ in wake of row over jab’s effectiveness in older candidates Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Germany could soon authorise the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for seniors after the head of the country’s vaccination committee said his body’s advice to give the …

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Johnson & Johnson one-shot Covid vaccine gets nod from FDA advisory panel

Vaccine, along with those from Pfizer and Moderna, should provide US with more than enough supply to vaccinate every person The battle against Covid-19 took a major step forward on Friday as the US moved closer to distributing its first one-shot Covid-19 vaccine, after an independent expert advisory panel recommended drug regulators authorize the Johnson …

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Life-extending drug for incurable breast cancer approved for NHS use

About 3,300 women a year may benefit from decision to approve ribociclib Women with incurable advanced breast cancer will be able to get a drug from the NHS that can potentially extend their life by almost eight months, under new guidance. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has approved the drug – …

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Blair says collaboration on Covid could have cut three months off crisis

Former prime minister tells the Guardian the world must be better prepared for the next pandemic World leaders could have cut the length of the Covid outbreak by three months if they had collaborated on vaccines, testing and drugs, Tony Blair has claimed as he launched a report on preparing for the next deadly pandemic. …

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Australia considers approving Pfizer Covid vaccine for standard cold storage

Therapeutic Goods Administration may follow US in allowing vaccines to be stored at warmer temperatures Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine could soon be delivered at temperatures 50 degrees warmer than currently required if Australia follows the US’s lead to ease the rollout. The potential change in storage temperature requirements is being considered as the federal health department …

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AstraZeneca and Moderna’s contrasting rewards for fighting Covid hardly seem fair

While Moderna is being hailed as a national saviour in the US, AZ’s only gain so far has been goodwill Compare and contrast. AstraZeneca is currently producing Covid vaccines for no profit and still manages to get beaten up by opportunists in Brussels. Over in the US, Moderna is hailed as a national saviour while …

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Moderna forecasts $18bn in sales of Covid vaccine this year

Better than expected revenues will push US firm founded in 2010 into profit for first time Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Moderna expects to rake in $18.4bn (£13bn) of sales from its coronavirus vaccine this year, marking a huge turnaround in the fortunes of the US biotech firm. The expected revenue …

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Vaccine clinical trials for Covid variants to start in summer, MPs told

Updated versions of vaccine are being developed in case variants evade immunity provided by current shots Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Clinical trials of vaccines against new variants of coronavirus will start in the summer to ensure updated boosters are available for the autumn if needed, Oxford’s lead vaccine researcher has …

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AstraZeneca expected to miss EU Covid vaccine supply target by half in second-quarter – report

Expected shortfall of 90m doses could hit the EU’s ability to meet its target of vaccinating 70% of adults by summer Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca has told the European Union it expects to deliver less than half the Covid-19 vaccines it was contracted to supply in the second quarter, …

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Number of UK Covid vaccinations falls by a third as vaccine supply dips

Factors at play include high uptake plus stockpiling for second doses, but Matt Hancock promises ‘bumper weeks in March’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The number of Covid vaccines administered in the UK has fallen by over a third in the last week as ministers warned of a short-term dip in …

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Sussex medicines firm takes production line abroad in white van to beat Brexit ban

UK assembly line at standstill as pharmaceutical company sets up in Amsterdam and plans EU expansion A Sussex pharmaceutical company has told how it had to bundle a production line into a white van and take it to Amsterdam to beat a Brexit medicines ban. The impromptu four-wheeled mission to the Netherlands has secured the …

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Drug companies look to AI to end ‘hit and miss’ research

Technology that speeded the development of Covid vaccines has potential to transform the pharmaceutical industry The hunt for new medicines has often been more like a game of roulette than high-end science. But now the pharmaceutical sector is on the cusp of a transformation, as it delves into cutting-edge technology to come up with new …

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German politicians counter AstraZeneca vaccine scepticism with show of support

Oxford Covid vaccine described in German media as ‘shelf warmer’ with only 17% of doses administered so far Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Politicians in Germany are stepping out in support of the AstraZeneca vaccine as public scepticism around the Oxford-developed product is threatening to hamper Europe’s Covid-19 immunisation programme. The …

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South Africa leads backlash against big pharma over access to Covid vaccines

Pressure mounts for patent waivers to allow poorer countries to develop their own manufacturing capacity to boost availability The domination of global medicine by major pharmaceutical companies needs to be confronted to provide fairer access to vaccines, a leading South African official has said. The scramble over Covid vaccines should alert rich countries to the …

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Life savers: the amazing story of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

A year ago, two scientists began work on the response to a new virus. Now, as their vaccine is being given to millions, they tell of their incredible 12 months Exactly a year ago, Oxford University scientists launched a joint enterprise that is set to have a profound impact on the health of our planet. …

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‘It shows what we’re capable of’: the NHS’s vaccine triumph

A huge effort has helped the UK provide 14m first doses of Covid vaccines in about two months Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In St Albans, GPs took over a former nightclub to provide Covid vaccinations every 20 seconds; in Carnforth, Lancashire, delivering jabs was helped by volunteers from the local …

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Shell strategy looking like a bundle of compromises | Nils Pratley

Investors will get a vote on oil company’s plan to cruise down the middle lane Shell billed its net-zero by 2050 plan as an “acceleration” of strategy, which was a generous self-assessment. In today’s Big Oil terms, the approach is a cruise down the middle lane – a tweak here and there, but nothing to …

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AstraZeneca says vaccine against new Covid variants may take six months

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical firm’s profits rise to $7.4bn as main business ‘remains strong’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca has said it could take between six and nine months to produce Covid-19 vaccines that are effective against new variants of the coronavirus. The company’s vaccine, developed jointly with scientists at the University …

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A series of knocks: Oxford/AstraZeneca’s bumpy road to Covid vaccine confidence

From doubts about safety in older people to questions about variants, scientists have faced a battle to convince the public and regulators Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid has barely been out of the news from the moment the race to protect the world’s population from …

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Oxford Covid vaccine 10% effective against South African variant, study suggests

Small-scale trial of vaccine’s efficacy shows it offers very little protection against mild to moderate infection Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine offers as little as 10% protection against the Covid variant first seen in South Africa, researchers have suggested. Scientists who conducted a small-scale trial of the vaccine’s …

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AstraZeneca set to weather Covid in better health than rivals

The Anglo-Swedish firm already had a strong lineup of cancer drugs when vaccine success gave it a further boost Before the pandemic, AstraZeneca was highly regarded in the business and pharmaceutical world – seen as one of the UK’s best companies. Now, thanks to Britain’s successful vaccine programme, it is a household name. The Anglo-Swedish …

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CBD will go on sale in Australia, but first manufacturers will have to prove it works

While CBD has been approved for over-the-counter sale, there are regulatory hurdles to clear before it actually appears in pharmacies “You can have as much whiskey as you like, but there’s no whiskey available,” says Prof Iain McGregor, psychopharmacologist and academic director of the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, when asked to describe the rules …

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Oxford Covid vaccine just as effective against Kent variant, trials suggest

Scientists behind AstraZeneca vaccine say it has similar efficacy against variant as against original Covid Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is just as effective at fighting the UK variant as it is the original virus, new research suggests. Oxford University researchers who developed the vaccine say it …

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UK orders 50m doses of Covid vaccines in fight against variants

Government to work with German firm CureVac on tackling potential mutations Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK government has signed a deal for at least 50m doses of vaccines that could combat new variants of coronavirus, and is to work with the German manufacturer to help develop them. The Department …

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Cancer drugs binned because of Brexit red tape, MPs hear

Head of Welsh CBI tells committee pharmaceutical firm has had to move production to Dublin A Welsh pharmaceutical company has been forced to throw out hundreds of packs of vital cancer treatments for EU patients because of Brexit red tape on exports, MPs have heard. The company, which has not been named, has now moved …

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One Pfizer/BioNTech jab gives ‘90% immunity’ from Covid after 21 days

New analysis runs counter to earlier study which suggested one dose may not give adequate protection Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage One dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine gives people about 90% protection from Covid by 21 days, according to an analysis of Israel’s mass vaccination programme. The data analysis, carried out …

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Bezos is handing over fronting Amazon, but not his grip on his creation | Nils Pratley

The Amazon founder gains time for other projects, such as space and newspapers, while still making the big decisions Jeff Bezos is stepping aside at Amazon – sort of. In fact, he is merely dropping one of his three job titles at thee online retailer. He will no longer be chief executive but will still …

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GSK and CureVac sign £132m deal to develop multi-variant Covid vaccine

Companies hope to have next generation of vaccines against emerging variants by next year GlaxoSmithKline and Germany’s CureVac have reached a €150m (£132m) agreement to develop a next generation of Covid-19 vaccines targeting new emerging variants in the pandemic. The two companies said they they plan to work jointly to develop a vaccine that can …

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Single dose of AstraZeneca vaccine could cut transmission by 67%

One jab could also offer protection of up to 76% for up to 12 weeks, a new study shows Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A single dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine may reduce transmission by 67% and give protection of 76% for up to 12 weeks, a study shows. Vaccine efficacy …

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Even with vaccines, we still need treatments for Covid. So what works?

Analysis: death rates in intensive care are falling as doctors identify more ways to help those with the disease Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vaccines may have been described as the great escape route from the Covid pandemic – but treatments, which are bringing down death rates, will be needed as …

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France and Germany threaten AstraZeneca over vaccine shortage

Warning of ‘legal commitment’ and concern that doses might have been diverted from the EU to the UK Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage France and Germany have threatened legal action against the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in the row over a shortage of coronavirus vaccine in the EU. Talks between the …

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EU Covid incompetence leaves governments wanting vaccines, not excuses | Larry Elliott

Centralised approach was meant to underline Europe’s solidarity but has had opposite effect The EU has made an almighty hash of procuring treatments for Covid-19. Vaccine centres are running short of supplies as a result. National governments want jabs rather than excuses for what has gone wrong. The search for scapegoats is on. Stripped of …

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How EU’s floundering vaccine effort hit a fresh crisis with exports row

A new rule on exports from Europe suddenly blew up into a threat to the withdrawal agreement – and a hasty backtrack Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It started with a tweet by a blogger at 4.36pm on Friday. It ended with the prime ministers of the UK and Ireland warning …

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EU to publish revised rules after Covid vaccine border fiasco

Commission plans to rush through regulations that ‘ensure Northern Ireland protocol remains unaffected’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Explainer: what is article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol? Brussels will publish a revised regulation to potentially block vaccine exports out of the EU on Saturday, after an international outcry over its …

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UK vaccine strategy ‘paying off’ as latest trials boost stockpiles

Pre-ordering of Janssen and Novavax means Britain has procured 247m successfully trialled jabs Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Britain has cemented its status as one of the world’s leading buyers of effective Covid vaccines after two more pharmaceutical companies reported positive trial results – potentially growing the UK stockpile by 90m …

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What can moral philosophy tell us about the Covid ‘vaccine nationalism’ row? | Alexis Papazoglou

The shortfall in supply has put the EU and the UK at loggerheads, but ethical principles could reveal a solution In normal times, a row between the EU, the UK and a private company over the timely delivery of a contract would be of interest to few apart from the two sides’ lawyers. But these …

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Teesside ‘buzzing’ that Novavax vaccine will be made there

Area that has suffered industrial decline proud to play key role in fight against coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The legend “made on Teesside” has a long and proud history, with everything from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Quorn in vegan sausage rolls manufactured in this industrial part of …

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How effective is the Novavax Covid vaccine and will it work against variants?

Everything you need to know about the trial results for a new coronavirus vaccine Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In an interim analysis of a phase 3 clinical trial conducted in the UK, the vaccine has been shown to be nearly 89% effective, with 27% of participants in the trial – …

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How effective is the Novavax Covid vaccine and will it work against variants?

Everything you need to know about the trial results for a new coronavirus vaccine Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage In an interim analysis of a phase 3 clinical trial conducted in the UK, the vaccine has been shown to be nearly 89% effective, with 27% of participants in the trial – …

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Novavax Covid vaccine shown to be nearly 90% effective in UK trial

UK vaccines taskforce has bought 60m doses after study found ‘spectacular results’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Another vaccine against Covid, trialled in the UK and bought by the government, has been shown to be nearly 90% effective and work against the UK and South African variants of the virus. The …

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EU could block millions of Covid vaccine doses from entering UK

European commission says new mechanism will give national regulators power to refuse exports Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Millions of doses of vaccines could be blocked from entering Britain from the EU within days, as part of Brussels’ response to a shortage of doses among its member states. The European commission …

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EU health commissioner dismisses AstraZeneca contract argument – video

Brussels has refused to accept that people in the UK have first claim on Oxford/AstraZeneca doses produced in local plants. The EU’s health commissioner outright dismissed on Wednesday an argument made by Pascal Soriot, the Anglo-Swedish company’s chief executive, that he was contractually obliged to supply the UK first Britain and EU clash over claims …

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GameStop’s dizzying share price rise means it’s game over for the short-sellers | Nils Pratley

The retailer has gone from $19 to $33o thanks in part to amateurs taking on the hedge funds If you find trading bitcoin insufficiently hair-raising, try GameStop. It is the Texas-based video games retailer that will be hard to out-do as the stock market story of 2021. The share price was $19 at the start …

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The EU’s vaccine bust-up with AstraZeneca is of its own making | Leo Cendrowicz

Slowness to sign up to and approve the vaccine may have caused delays, but Brussels feels the company is being less than cooperative Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Last year AstraZeneca was heralded for its pioneering vaccine discovery. Yet today the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company is embroiled in a dispute with the …

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