Pfizer and BioNTech granted FDA Fast Track Designation for Two Investigation mRNA based Vaccine Candidates Against SARS-COV-2

Anticipated large, global Phase 2b/3 safety and efficacy study may begin as early as July 2020

NEW YORK & MAINZ, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX, “BioNTech”) today announced that two of the companies’ four investigational vaccine candidates from their BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine program (BNT162b1 and BNT162b2) being developed to help protect against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), received Fast Track designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). BNT162b1 and BNT162b2 are the two most advanced vaccine candidates in the BNT162 program currently being evaluated in ongoing Phase 1/2 clinical studies in the United States and Germany.Continue reading

BD Launches Portable, Rapid Point-of-Care Antigen Test to Detect SARS-CoV-2 in 15 minutes, Dramatically Expanding Access to COVID-19 Testing

  • Simple new assay leverages more than 25,000 BD Veritor™ instruments already used across the U.S. to immediately increase access to COVID-19 testing in frontline health care settings
  • BD will begin shipping the new test this week and expects to ramp-up manufacturing capacity to 2 million tests per week by the end of September
  • This is the company’s third diagnostic test to receive Emergency Use Authorization by U.S. FDA for detecting COVID-19

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MCC serves as COVID-19 drive-thru testing site

MESA, Arizona — July 1, 2020 – Mesa Community College serves as a location for drive-thru COVID-19 testing in alignment with Governor Ducey’s enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan (6/17/20). Embry Women’s Health, a local testing provider, along with the Arizona National Guard, will operate testing stations in the East Parking Lot (Lot C) of the college campus located at 1833 W. Southern Ave. Individuals arriving for appointments should enter at Enrollment Way off Southern Ave.Continue reading