US removes Defense Production Act ratings for some vaccines

The U.S. recently removed priority ratings from vaccine orders from Novavax, AstraZeneca and Sanofi. (Photo: Novavax)

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The decision: Last week, the U.S. announced it was removing the priority ratings issued under the Defense Production Act for vaccines made by Sanofi, AstraZeneca and Novavax. Orders for other vaccines remain prioritized.

The Defense Production Act, or DPA, allows the president to place priority ratings on government orders, which compels companies to accept and prioritize those orders.  Companies...

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Pharma firms working together to make each other’s vaccines

Visual inspection of vaccine vials at a Merck production facility. (Photo: Copyright © 2009-2020 Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., a subsidiary of Merck & Co. Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, U.S.A. All rights reserved.)

This is an excerpt from the March 16, 2021 edition of Medically Necessary, a health care supply chain newsletterSubscribe here.

Good afternoon. Medically Necessary is a newsletter by Matt Blois about the health care supply chain — how we get drugs, devices and medical supplies to health care providers and patients.

Pharma firms working together to make each other’s vaccines

Visual inspection of vaccine vials at a Merck production facility. (Photo: Copyright © 2009-2020 Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.,...

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Commentary: Adding COVID-19 vaccines to the holiday rush

The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of FreightWaves or its affiliates.

The rapid spread of COVID-19 early this year was certainly facilitated by the speed and efficiency of modern transportation. It is with a touch of irony, but with a lot more hope, that modern transportation can deliver the new vaccines rapidly and widely enough to help end the pandemic sometime next year.

The race by pharmaceutical companies to develop and...

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How Machine Learning Aids in Vaccine Production

As the pandemic continues its devastating effects and we race against time to release a vaccine in the public domain, the production questions haunt.

Even if we get an effective vaccine will we be able to produce enough to distribute among people? Is the process fast enough? The answer to all these questions lies in Machine Learning. An old article published in CERN website highlighting CERN scientists speaking on the use of machine learning in vaccine and drug development comes to the forefront.

https://mfame.guru/how-machine-learning-aids-vaccine-production/

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