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Alvogen and sister company Alvotech have donated to UNICEF to support vaccine supply to over 90 low-and-middle-income countries, while Hikma has also made a multi-million-dollar donation. India’s Dr Reddy’s is moving ahead with the Sputnik V vaccine, while AstraZeneca is partnering with Insud Pharma on its vaccine in Spain. Meanwhile, the UK government has extended its vaccination contract with Wockhardt.
‘Everything is on the table,’ including invoking the Defense Production Act, White House COVID Coordinator Zients notes. Results of J&J’s Phase III vaccine trial expected ‘within next few days to a week.’
Moderna is speculated to be in talks with Indian firms, including Wockhardt and a Tata group company, for manufacturing and/or marketing its COVID-19 vaccine. A deal in India could help the company meet its obligation to supply COVAX but Moderna is likely to choose its partner carefully.
Dr Reddy’s signals a sharp step up in ambitions at home, propelled by building leadership in 10 therapy segments and an “India-first” approach for specialty products. Uptick in the China business and the potential launch of a Russia-partnered COVID-19 vaccine were other aspects of the business discussed at JPM.