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    Recon: US signs $3.2B deal for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines; Novartis said to lean toward spinoff of generics unit

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US FDA recommends inclusion of BA.4, BA.5 subvariants in COVID boosters ( Reuters ) As booster season awaits, US re-ups supply of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine with new $3.2B deal ( Endpoints ) ( Reuters ) ( Fierce ) ( Bloomberg ) Pfizer asks for formal U.S. approval of oral COVID treatment Paxlovid ( Reuters ) Is It Time To Think Beyond mRNA For COVID Vaccines? FDA Ad...
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    Recon: Pfizer, BioNTech to test universal coronavirus vaccine; ARCH raises $3B fund for biotech startups

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US FDA's VRBPAC votes in favor of adapting the Covid-19 vaccine to the latest Omicron variant ( Endpoints ) ( STAT ) ( Reuters ) ( The Pink Sheet ) FDA: Don’t rush a move to change the Covid-19 vaccine composition ( STAT ) BioNTech, Pfizer to start testing universal vaccine for coronaviruses ( Reuters ) US Health Officials Announce New Monkeypox Vaccination Plan ...
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    Recon: Pfizer to buy 8.1% stake in Valneva, Merck explores Seagen buyout

    Welcome to Regulatory Reconnaissance, your daily regulatory news and intelligence briefing.   In Focus: US COVID vaccine rollout for US children close after CDC panel vote ( Reuters ) Lawmakers ask GAO to probe pharmacy benefit managers over their role in drug pricing ( STAT ) Comparing the Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines for young children ( STAT ) Merck Explores Purchase of Biotech Seagen ( WSJ ) FDA advisors mostly agree that Acadia’s Nuplazid isn't effective...
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    VRBPAC recommends Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines for youngest children

    On Wednesday, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) voted in favor of amending FDA’s emergency use authorization (EUA) for Moderna’s two-dose vaccine to include children 6 months through 5 years of age. The committee voted separately in favor of recommending to amend Pfizer’s EUA for its vaccine and authorize use of a three-dose vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years of age.   In a 21-0 v...
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    FDA authorizes second round of mRNA boosters for older and immunocompromised people

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday signed off on a second round of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for immunocompromised individuals and people 50 years of age and older.   The agency said the boosters can be administered four months after receiving the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine in both populations.   The populations covered by the latest authorizations differ from those sought by the two vaccine makers. Pfiz...
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    FDA panel split on approach to COVID-19 vaccines for younger children

    Members of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) disagreed as to whether the agency should grant emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for COVID-19 vaccines for children at a 10 June meeting.   Some said that EUAs were necessary to get the pediatric population vaccinated quickly to achieve herd immunity as the country emerges from the pandemic and that these vaccines should be available soon as th...
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    FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in children 12-15

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age.   "The FDA's expansion of the emergency use authorization [EUA] for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age is a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic," said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock in a statement. "Today's action allows for a younger popul...
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    FDA eases storage, transportation conditions for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday updated the emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to allow the vaccine to be transported and stored at temperatures found in conventional pharmaceutical freezers for up to two weeks.   The announcement comes one week after Pfizer and BioNTech disclosed they had submitted data demonstrating their vaccine’s stability at higher temperatures based on manufacturing data from the p...
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    EU authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine

    The European Commission on Monday conditionally authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine after receiving a recommendation by the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use earlier in the day.   The fast-tracked decision shortened what is usually a two-month procedure to a matter of hours, spotlighting the dire need for a vaccine as much of Europe faces lockdowns and restrictions amid a winter resurgence of the virus. The c...
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    FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use

    The US Food and Drug and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday authorized Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in individuals ages 16 and older just one day after the agency’s advisory panel voted 17-4 in favor of the vaccine.   Now that the vaccine has been authorized just three weeks after Pfizer and BioNTech submitted their emergency use authorization (EUA) request, a nationwide rollout of the vaccine is set to begin. FDA Commissioner Stephen ...
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    EMA chief says Pfizer, Moderna data ‘very robust,’ defends vaccine review approach

    Emer Cooke, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) newly installed executive director, on Thursday told a European Parliament committee that data submitted in support of COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are “very robust”.   The meeting occurred hours before the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee would meet to discuss authorizing the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for emergency use and ju...