My question is to you think the Powers That Be are going to try to push forced vaccinations on all adults? Here is an article.
The $1 billion bet: Pharma giant and U.S. government team up in all-out coronavirus vaccine push
Science’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center.
The crowded race to develop a vaccine against the new coronavirus just received a potential billion-dollar boost: Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced on 30 March that it and the U.S. government, through a military research agency, would together devote up to that amount to move a candidate product made by its Janssen division across the finish line.
Janssen’s vaccine is built around an engineered version of adenovirus 26 (Ad26), which normally causes common colds but has been disabled so that it cannot replicate. Company scientists stich into this Ad26 “vector” a gene for the surface protein from the new coronavirus spreading around the world. Janssen is testing this same Ad26 platform in vaccines against Ebola, HIV, respiratory syncytial virus, and Zika. J&J had $42 billion in pharmaceutical sales last year, making it the sixth largest big pharma company. Sanofi is the only other in the top 10 that has a COVID-19 vaccine project.
Florian Krammer, a researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who has co-authored a status report in Immunity about the COVID-19 vaccine field, says “it’s great” that a big pharma company like this has committed so much to the project, but he cautions against banking on any one effort. “The more the merrier—and I hope they’re successful—but the question is really whether they have an advantage over anyone else,” Krammer says.
Paul Stoffels, J&J’s chief scientific officer and a veteran HIV drug developer, spoke with Science yesterday from his home in Belgium, where he, like many others around the world trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus, is sheltered in place. He says the effort will be nonprofit and the vaccine will be accessible to all through some global mechanism still to be determined. “We’re not going to decide who will get the vaccine, because that’s not up to us. This has never happened before, so we have to invent something on how to do this,” he says. This interview had been edited for brevity and clarity.
Q: The U.S. government, through the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) has committed $456 million to the Janssen effort and the company says it will commit roughly an equal amount. Will BARDA be doling out the money in installments if you meet milestones?
Q: What’s your capacity to produce vaccine for the world?
A: We can make 300 million vaccines, in a 2000-liter vessel, on an annual basis. We have one fully functioning facility now with a 2000-liter vessel, and we’re starting to set up the second one in the U.S. that will be ready by the end of the year. We’re talking to the vaccine companies in other parts of the world who have similar capabilities to see which ones we will bring on board as partners—or we might still consider doing something ourselves. We think we need to get to 1 billion doses, so we need four plants. And if we need more, we’ll adjust to bring more on board.
Edited by Thoth101, 02 April 2020 - 04:25 AM.