The US has sent a shipment containing 1.6 million doses of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to Egypt. The delivery was a direct donation from the US under the COVAX initiative. Through COVAX, Egypt has received around 4.7 million vaccines from the US and other partner nations. The latest shipment brings total donations to more than six million. COVAX has supplied 301 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to 142 countries.
Roche has reported positive data from the Phase II/III 2066 study investigating Ronapreve (casirivimab and imdevimab) in patients hospitalised with Covid-19. An analysis of the study shows that Ronapreve significantly reduced viral load within seven days of treatment in seronegative patients who did not require high-flow oxygen, thereby meeting the primary endpoint. Ronapreve, which is being jointly developed by Roche and Regeneron, is a combination of two monoclonal antibodies, casirivimab and imdevimab. It is designed to block infectivity of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19.
The American Lung Association , a voluntary health organisation, has announced that it is supporting 24 Covid-19 research studies. These include studies with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) that seek a better understanding of long Covid, where patients witness recurring symptoms four or more weeks after being infected with SARS-CoV-2. According to some estimates, more than 12 million Americans are currently living with long Covid.