Devices & Diagnostics Letter

HHS Says Memo Won’t Take Power From the FDA

HHS on Sunday refuted reports that a new departmental memo will take decision-making power away from the FDA regarding the approval of COVID-19 vaccines or therapeutics. Source: Devices & Diagnostics Letter

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EU Signs COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Deal With Sanofi/GSK

In the European Union’s (EU) latest move to secure supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine, the European Commission (EC) has signed a contract with Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for 300 million doses of their vaccine candidate. Source: Devices & Diagnostics Letter

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Roche’s Actemra Cuts Ventilator Need in COVID-19 Patients

Roche’s late-stage COVID-19 trial of Actemra (tocilizumab) showed the rheumatoid arthritis drug reduced the number of coronavirus patients who progressed to mechanical ventilation, suggesting it might be of benefit as a coronavirus treatment although the drug did not meaningfully lower mortality rates. Source: Devices & Diagnostics Letter

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