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  • Covid-19

    Vaccine Efficacy Data!

    Earlier this morning, Pfizer and BioNTech announced the first controlled efficacy data for a coronavirus vaccine. And the news is good. You may recall that these vaccine trials are set up to get to a defined number of coronavirus cases overall, at which time the various monitoring committees lock the door and unblind the data… Read More
  • Covid-19

    Don’t Make Mine Mink

    Update: importantly, the follow-up news on this story argues that there’s less to worry about than appeared at first. The mutation described below has not actually appeared again in the last two months, and it ability to evade vaccine-raised neutralizing antibodies is still in doubt. There’s a situation in Denmark that deserves some epi… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    The Latest Antibody Data From Lilly and From Regeneron

    We have a new paper in the NEJM from the Eli Lilly effort on monoclonal antibodies against the coronavirus. And there’s no reason not to be up front about it: it’s disappointing. This is the BLAZE-1 trial (mentioned in this recent post), which is studying non-hospitalized patients. It was another trial (ACTIV-3) where this antibody… Read More
  • Covid-19

    More Antibody Data

    Unfortunately, we’re getting a dose these days of “That’s why you run clinical trials”. Word came Monday evening (Peter Loftus in the WSJ, and a Lilly statement) that the ACTIV-3 trial being run by the NIH has shown lack of efficacy for the combination of the Eli Lilly/AbCellera anti-coronavirus antibody (bamlanivimab, LY-Co… Read More
  • Covid-19

    The Vaccine Tightrope

    We’re getting closer to having to deal with a number of tricky issues around the first Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for coronavirus vaccines. These have never quite come up in this way before, because (for one thing) EUAs for vaccines are relatively rare events, and (for another) we’ve never had so many simultaneous vaccine trial… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    The SOLIDARITY Data

    OK, we have some more to think about this morning. The large SOLIDARITY trial from the WHO has reported more interim data on its investigation into repurposed drugs for the coronavirus pandemic. And some of this we already knew, but some of it’s a real surprise. One drug reported on is hydroxychloroquine. This showed no… Read More
  • Covid-19

    Immunity and Re-Infection

    For months now, people have been watching closely to see if it’s possible to get re-infected with the coronavirus. It’s taken a while for the signal-to-noise to get better, but by now there’s no doubt that the answer is yes, it’s possible. We’ve just had the first of these in the US, a man in… Read More
  • Covid-19

    Hard Data on Remdesivir, and on Hydroxychloroquine

    Let’s catch up with some things that (by this point) feel a bit like old news. But it’s important to do it, because (A) the big reason they feel that way is because of the bizarre world we’ve been living in the last few months, and (B) the pace of medical discovery is not set… Read More
  • Covid-19

    Interferon and the Coronavirus

    Here’s a potentially important paper that’s out in Science and is getting a lot of attention. The wide variation in severity of coronavirus infection has been noted throughout the pandemic, and we already know about a few of the risk factors: age, of course, but also being male, and having pre-existing conditions such as obesity… Read More
  • Clinical Trials

    Monoclonal Antibody Data

    We have a bit of human clinical data from the Eli Lilly/Abcellera collaboration to make a monoclonal antibody therapy against the coronavirus. A full paper is coming soon, the press release says, but for now it looks like this is all we have to go on. It’s a mixed assortment of news. On the cheerful… Read More