The biopharmaceutical industry is taking on COVID-19, a disease caused by a novel strain of coronavirus, through research and development (R&D) into prevention and treatment, in-kind financial contributions and collaboration with public partners.
Several PhRMA member companies are advancing discovery efforts for vaccine candidates and collaborating across the industry to share existing technologies that can be leveraged to allow rapid production once a vaccine candidate is identified. Companies are also undertaking inventories of existing research portfolio libraries to identify potential treatments for investigation, some of which are already being used by public health officials. Currently, there are roughly 80 clinical trials underway for experimental new treatments and vaccines that have the potential to be effective against COVID-19.
The following is a collection of recent media coverage spotlighting how many of PhRMA’s member companies are working to combat COVID-19:
- The Wall Street Journal: As Virus Spreads, Drugmakers Are On The Case
- The Wall Street Journal: Drugmaker Takeda Is Working On Coronavirus Drug
- The Wall Street Journal: Regeneron, Sanofi To Test Arthritis Drug As Coronavirus Treatment
- The Washington Post: The Best Hope For Coronavirus Treatment Is An Experimental Drug That Fizzled Against Ebola
- Reuters: Trump Administration Says Drug Makers Will Work Together To Combat Coronavirus
- Bloomberg: Drugmakers Promise Affordable Vaccines, Treatments
- CNN Business: Gilead Sciences Drug Remdesivir May Help Treat Coronavirus Symptoms, According To Who
- S. News & World Report: British Drugmaker GSK To Collaborate With CEPI In Effort To Develop Coronavirus Vaccine
- FierceBiotech: J&J Allies With BARDA To Accelerate Coronavirus Vaccine Program
- Barrons: Pfizer Announced A Plan To Identify A Possible Coronavirus Treatment
The biopharmaceutical industry is committed to developing solutions to address this global pandemic, just as it has in previous public health emergencies. PhRMA member companies not only bring decades of expertise in infectious diseases, including other strains of coronavirus, but bring the infrastructure and technologies to allow us to quickly advance potential vaccine and treatment candidates to clinical trials and have the manufacturing capabilities and expertise to allow for quick scale-up.
To learn more about COVID-19, visit PhRMA.org/coronavirus.
Andrew Powaleny is Senior Director of Public Affairs at PhRMA and leads the organization's scientific communications. Before joining PhRMA in 2015, he worked in public affairs for a small firm in Washington, DC and served as Deputy Press Secretary for the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Andrew came to Washington, D.C. via Connecticut with a degree from Eastern Connecticut State University where he majored in public policy and government. Andrew is active as a runner and volunteer with the DC Front Runners; most recently serving on its Board of Directors for three years as co-race director. He is also a member of the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists and mentors students through his alumni association with The Fund for American Studies. Andrew is passionate about scientific innovation, especially for mental illness, and his heroes are the men and women of America’s biopharmaceutical research companies.