Date: 06-Apr-2020

Coronavirus Tracker U.K Plans Major COVID-19 Trial Healthcare Workers First Up For J&J Vaccine

The U.K. government is planning to enroll the world's largest clinical trial to treat COVID-19, but its health department is warning it might take a while to get up to speed. 

 

Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson CSO Paul Stoffels is saying that front-line health care workers will be eligible for treatment with the drugmaker's vaccine first if its plans come to fruition. 

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Please read below for the latest updates. We'll be tracking the latest on this page. Also check out our updated-as-needed lists of drugs in testing, biopharma supply chain statements and travel and work-from-home policies.The U.K. government is planning to launch the world's largest clinical trial to treat COVID-19, repurposing drugs approved to treat malaria and HIV. The problem is, it might take a while. Almost 1,000 patients from 132 hospitals have already been recruited in 15 days and thousands more are expected to join in the coming weeks, the U.K. health department said. Story

Health care workers on the front line of COVID-19 fight will be the first to receive Johnson & Johnson's investigational vaccine, CSO Paul Stoffels told Nikkei. The drugmaker will work with all governments around the globe to offer access to the vaccine once it's ready for dosing, Stoffels said. Story

The University of Pennsylvania is launching a clinical trial for the much-hyped malaria med hydroxychloroquine to evaluate its effect on COVID-19. The trial is set to start next week and will study 400 people in three different substudies