J&J enters coronavirus fray with planned vaccine

Jan. 29, 2020 9:11 AM ETJohnson & Johnson (JNJ)JNJBy: Douglas W. House, SA News Editor21 Comments
  • In what it calls a "multi-pronged" response to the coronavirus outbreak, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) announces that unit Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies has initiated activities to develop a vaccine against 2019-nCoV, the virus causing the current contagion.
  • The vaccine program will leverage Janssen's AdVac and PER.C6 technologies that provide the ability to rapidly upscale production, the same technologies behind its vaccines for Ebola, Zika, RSV and HIV. 
  • The company's efforts will include a review of known pathways in coronavirus pathophysiology to determine if previously tested drugs can help patients survive infection and reduce the severity of disease in non-lethal cases.
  • It has also donated 300 boxes of HIV med Prezcobix (darunavir/cobicistat) to the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center and Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University for use in research to support efforts in finding a solution against 2019-nCoV. An additional 50 boxes have been provided to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention for laboratory-based investigations (drug-screening for antiviral properties against 2019-nCoV).

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