This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Pharma giants GSK and Sanofi team up to work on COVID-19 vaccine

Written by: | Published:

GSK/Sanofi vaccine The collaboration brings together the two companies' expertise in discrete fields

Two of the world’s biggest drug companies have announced plans to collaborate on producing a coronavirus vaccine, and produce millions of doses. UK company GSK and its French rival Sanofi believe they can have a candidate vaccine ready for clinical trials later this year, and a completed version available by the end of 2021.

‘We believe that if we’re successful we’ll be able to make hundreds of millions of doses annually by the end of next year,’ said Emma Walmsley, chief executive of GSK, adding, ‘We’re committed to making any vaccine that’s developed through the collaboration affordable to the public.’

The timescale is ambitious, given that most vaccines take between five and seven years to develop. But by combining Sanofi’s work on antigens, through a shelved vaccine for SARS; and GSK’s expertise in adjuvants, which boost the immune response to a vaccine. ‘As the world faces this unprecedented global health crisis, it is clear that no one company can go it alone,’ said Paul Hudson, chief executive of Sanofi.

‘By combining our science and our technologies, we believe we can help accelerate the global effort to develop a vaccine to protect as many people as possible from COVID-19,’ added Ms. Walmsley.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Comments

Name
 
Email
 
Comments
 

Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code
 

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.