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Pfizer and BioNTech Announce New England Journal of Medicine Publication of Phase 1 Data on Lead mRNA Vaccine Candidate BNT162b2 Against COVID-19

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced that preliminary, peer-reviewed data from the Phase 1 portion of their ongoing U.S. study of BNT162b2 were published online in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).   BNT162b2, which has advanced into a global Phase 3 study, is part of the companies’ mRNA-based […]

New Clinical Trial for a COVID-19 Vaccine Authorised in Germany

The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines has authorised another Phase-1 clinical trial of a vaccine against COVID-19 in Germany. The new vaccine candidate is a so-called vector vaccine. Trials on vaccine candidates in humans are a significant step in the direction of authorising safe and efficacious vaccines against COVID-19. This new vaccine is […]

BioNTech – Supporting innovative medical technology to fight COVID-19

Supporting innovative medical technology is key to Team Europe’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic: this is why the European Investment Bank, together with the European Commission, is backing German biopharmaceutical company BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing programme with up to €100 million in debt financing under the Investment Plan for Europe. Find out more […]

EIB approves € 7.5 billion for COVID-19 response and investment in health, private sector, clean transport, education and energy

©VK Studio/Architectenbureau Robbrecht & Daem € 3.2 billion for COVID-19 public health, elderly care and targeted business support € 1.5 billon for clean transport, including electric vehicle, high speed rail and public transport Additional backing for higher education, renewable energy and urban development € 1.9 billion for health and private sector investment outside Europe The […]

FDA: Certain COVID-19 Serology/Antibody Tests Should Not Be Used

Letter to Clinical Laboratory Staff and Health Care Providers The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that clinical laboratories and health care providers stop using COVID-19 antibody tests that are listed on FDA’s “removed” test list, found on the FDA’s FAQs on Testing for SARS-CoV-2 webpage. The “removed” test list includes tests where significant […]

Investment Plan for Europe: European Investment Bank to provide BioNTech with €100 million in financing for COVID-19 vaccine development

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and immunotherapy company BioNTech SE today signed a €100 million financing agreement to support the development of BNT162, the company’s COVID-19 vaccine programme. BioNTech is the first European company to enter clinical testing, having started a clinical trial in Germany in April and a further clinical trial in the United […]

HHS Announces New Laboratory Data Reporting Guidance for COVID-19 Testing

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new Guidance that specifies what additional data must be reported to HHS by laboratories along with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) test results. The Guidance standardizes reporting to ensure that public health officials have access to comprehensive and nearly real-time data to inform decision making […]

State aid: EU Commission approves €5 billion French “umbrella” scheme to support research

… development, testing infrastructures and production of coronavirus relevant products The European Commission has approved a €5 billion French “umbrella” scheme to support research and development, testing and upscaling infrastructures and production of coronavirus relevant products. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as […]

RECOVER – the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut Authorises another COVID-19 Therapy Study with Reconvalescent Plasma

The Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Federal Institute for Vaccines and Biomedicines has authorised the second clinical study with COVID-19 reconvalescent plasma (RECOVER) in Germany. The purpose of such clinical trials is to gain insights into the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 reconvalescent plasma in the treatment of serious COVID-19 infections. Patients to be treated include old and high-risk […]

UN seeks to build transport and trade resilience in wake of COVID-19

UNCTAD and the five UN regional commissions join forces to help developing countries tackle trade and transport challenges from the coronavirus pandemic. A new joint UN project is seeking to help governments and businesses keep transport networks and borders operational and facilitate the flow of goods and services, while containing the spread of the coronavirus. […]

Merck and Baylor College of Medicine Collaborate to Advance a Vaccine Manufacturing Platform to Fight Covid-19

Merck and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA, today announced an extension of their ongoing collaboration to advance a manufacturing platform to fight Covid-19. • Company will focus on process development and improvements for manufacturing Baylor’s Covid-19 vaccine candidates Merck, a leading science and technology company, and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA, […]

Experimental COVID-19 vaccine from US company Moderna shows promising results

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The first experimental covid-19 vaccine tested in humans, developed in record time by the U.S. company Moderna, has been shown to be “safe and generally well-tolerated” in an initial trial with 45 healthy volunteers, the company announced Monday. In the first eight participants, the prototype has generated levels of neutralizing antibodies – the body’s defenses […]

Questions about Using Thermal Imaging Systems during COVID-19

Q: Are thermal imaging systems effective for screening people for fevers in places like nursing homes, airports, and hospital emergency rooms? A: When using a thermal imaging system, it is important to assess whether the system will provide the intended results in high throughput areas. We understand that these devices are being used for initial […]

Thermal Imaging Systems and COVID-19

When used correctly, thermal imaging systems generally have been shown to accurately measure someone’s surface skin temperature without being physically close to the person being evaluated. Thermal imaging systems offer certain benefits in that other methods need a closer proximity or contact to measure temperature (for example, non-contact infrared thermometers or oral thermometers). Temperature-based screening, […]

Remarks by Vice-President Věra Jourová on “Threats to democracy during the COVID-19 crisis” event organised by B’nai B’rith

Honourable Members of the European Parliament, Dear organisers from B’nai B’rith, Dear participants, We are going through extraordinary times that put unprecedented pressure on us individually, but also on our society. First, we are worried about our health. Then, we are also worried about our jobs and the state of our economies. But, as the […]

Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans participates in a webinar on ‘A Green Recovery: Which World Do We Want After COVID-19?’

Tomorrow, Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, will participate in a webinar organised by the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University to discuss the post-coronavirus world with students and alumni in Europe, America and China. The Commission is working relentlessly and in close cooperation with Member States to […]

First COVID-19 ‘stress test’ passed, Food logistics in times of COVID-19

The Nagel-Group is used to respond flexible to fluctuating demand in retail. The panic buying at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic nevertheless presented an enormous challenge for Germany’s biggest food logistics company. Nobody was prepared for the sudden surge. Nonetheless, the supply for people remained consistently secure. Nagel supplies discounters and supermarkets on behalf […]

Ford Joins South Africa Red Cross Society in Celebrating World Red Cross Day Through Supporting its COVID-19 Relief Efforts

• Two Ford Rangers have been provided to the South African Red Cross Society in Nelson Mandela Bay to assist with relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic • Red Cross has assisted over 5 000 direct beneficiaries in and around Port Elizabeth, and reached 45 000 people through its COVID-19 education and awareness campaigns • […]

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