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    Hahn pledges no politics in COVID vaccine decisions

    Testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on Wednesday, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn said that politics will not play a part in the decision to approve or authorize a vaccine for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).   Hahn stressed that he supports science and has “100% confidence” in his staff, and said that, “FDA will not authorize or approve any COVID-19 vaccine before it has met the agency’s rigorous ...
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    Marks, Hahn confirm COVID vaccine EUA guidance coming

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon issue guidance on the data needed to support an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) according to Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) Director Peter Marks.   Speaking at an event hosted by the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy on Thursday, Marks hinted that additional guidance on EUAs for COVID-19 vaccines would be coming soon.   “You may ...
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    Drugmakers, FDA try to build public confidence in COVID vaccine decisions

    The CEOs of nine pharmaceutical companies working to develop vaccines for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Tuesday pledged not to seek approval or emergency use authorization (EUA) for a vaccine until they have demonstrated safety and efficacy through Phase 3 clinical trials.   The CEOs, who head vaccine front-runners AstraZeneca, Moderna and partners Pfizer and BioNTech, as well as GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Novavax and Sanofi, also say they will pu...
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    Hahn: COVID-19 vaccine decision will be "deliberative"

    The commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration assured physicians and other healthcare providers that vaccine and therapeutics approvals for the COVID-19 pandemic will be “based on good science and sound data.”   “Nothing else will be used to guide our decisions,” said Stephen Hahn, MD, speaking at a virtual meeting held by the Reagan-Udall Foundation on 10 August.   Hahn delivered prepared remarks along with American Medical Association president Patric...
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    Drugmakers to Congress: Trust an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine

    The public should have confidence in any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to the testimony presented by five top pharmaceutical executives at a hearing of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on 21 July.   The executives – representing AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Moderna and Pfizer – also stressed that the agency does not appear to be lowering its standards to rush a vacci...
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    Euro Regulatory Roundup: EU health committee calls for EMA to get wider remit, more staff to stop shortages

    A key health committee has called for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to get a wider remit and an increased headcount to prevent shortages of essential medicines. The European Parliament committee made the request in a report that argues EMA should be made the regulatory authority in charge of preventing shortages.   In recent months, multiple Parliament committees have begun considering how to address the emerging problem of medicine shortages. As the group primar...
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    Experts urge transparency, advisory committee review for COVID-19 vaccines

    At a virtual briefing on Tuesday, several experts told members of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy that a transparent process and advisory committee review will be key to the effective rollout of a vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19).   The briefing comes just two weeks after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance on the development and licensure of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the...
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    Marks on COVID-19 vaccine efficacy, EUAs and challenge trials

    A week after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidance on vaccines to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, shed light on the reasoning behind the agency’s 50% efficacy threshold and where the agency stands on challenge trials and emergency use authorizations (EUAs).   Efficacy and approval   In its guidance, FDA said it expected sponsors to demonstrate a vaccine is at leas...
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    ICMRA outlines shape of Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trials

    A new report provides a roadmap for Phase 3 clinical trials for developers of candidate vaccines for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The report indicates which clinical and preclinical data will indicate a vaccine is ready for Phase 3 trials; it also lays out key considerations in designing Phase 3 clinical trials of vaccines for COVID-19.   The report reflects consensus reached at a 22 June 2020 teleconference convened by the US Foo...
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    FDA issues COVID-19 vaccine guidance, setting 50% effectiveness threshold

    In an immediately effective guidance issued Tuesday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets its expectations for the development and licensure of vaccines to prevent coronavirus disease (COVID-19), including considerations for manufacturing, nonclinical and clinical studies and post-licensure requirements.   For a vaccine that would be widely deployed against COVID-19, FDA says it expects sponsors to demonstrate that the vaccine is at least 50% effective in a p...
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    International regulators iron out COVID vaccine trial harmonization

    As more candidate vaccines for the novel coronavirus are progressing to advanced clinical trials, international regulators are planning for international convergence on the nuts and bolts of what is needed to move to phase 3 trials of COVID-19 vaccines. On Monday, a group of regulators were convened under the umbrella of the International Council of Medicines Regulatory Authories (ICMRA) for a multinational discussion. In all, 100 regulators from more than 20 countries ...
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    EMA management board backs rolling review fees, COVID-19 transparency measures

    After its June meeting on Thursday, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) management board said it has approved a new fee for rolling reviews and that the agency will be providing more details about its approach to publishing clinical data for vaccines and drugs for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).   The new rolling review fee “would be deducted from the fee that would become due with the submission of an actual marketing authorisation application.” The specific fee a...