COVID-19: Roundup 19 June

19 June 2020

19 June 

Here is our weekly roundup on the latest research and scientific efforts against the coronavirus.


Sanofi is investing more than half a billion euros to increase its vaccine research and production capacities. This investment will see the development of a vaccine production site in Neuville sur Saône, France, and a new vaccine research centre in Marcy-l’Etoile, France. These facilities will provide innovative technologies to equip Sanofi with the readiness and flexibility to respond to future pandemic risks.

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Imperial College London

Following successful laboratory tests, Imperial College London will proceed with human testing of a covid-19 vaccine developed by the University’s researchers.

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Eli Lilly

Lilly has begun to enrol 400 participants for a phase 3 study of its JAK inhibitor baricitinib, marketed as OLUMIANT®. The study will take place in the US, Europe and Latin America, testing patients hospitalised with covid-19 and who have at least one elevated marker of inflammation.

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Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson has announced it will bring forward the human testing trial of its covid-19 vaccine candidate to July. The placebo-controlled phase 1/2a trial of the adenovirus-based candidate, known as Ad26.COV2-S, taking place in the US and Belgium, will involve two groups of adults, one aged 18 to 55 and another aged 65 and older.

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Gilead Sciences 

Gilead Sciences is set to begin trials of its antiviral drug remdesivir in children with covid-19. The phase 2/3 trail will involve around 50 subjects – from new-borns to adolescents, at more than 30 sites across the US and Europe. The trial is expected to be completed in December of this year.

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