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U.S. to pay $1 billion for 100 million doses of J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate

The United States government will pay Johnson and Johnson over $1 billion for 100 million dosages of its potential coronavirus immunization, as it load up on antibody and medications trying to tame the pandemic.

The most recent agreement is estimated at generally $10 per antibody portion created by J&J, or around $14.50 per portion, including a past $456 million the U.S. government vowed to J&J for antibody improvement in March. That contrasts and the $19.50 per portion that the U.S. is paying for the antibody being created by Pfizer Inc and German biotech BioNTech SE.

J&J is contemplating both one and two-portion regimens of its antibody. Pfizer and BioNTech’s applicant would require two dosages for every individual treated. The drugmaker said on Wednesday it would convey the antibody to the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) on a not-revenue driven premise to be utilized after endorsement or crisis use approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The U.S. government may likewise buy an extra 200 million dosages under a resulting understanding. J&J didn’t unveil that arrangement’s worth.

As the race for antibodies and medicines for COVID-19 heightens, the U.S. government has been marking arrangements to get them through its Operation Warp Speed program. Different drugmakers who have marked arrangements incorporate Sanofi SA and Regeneron Inc.

This is J&J’s first arrangement to gracefully its investigational immunization to a nation. Talks are in progress with the European Union, yet no arrangement has yet been reached.

J&J’s investigational antibody is right now being tried on solid volunteers in the United States and Belgium in a beginning phase study.

There are right now no affirmed antibodies for COVID-19. More than 20 are in clinical preliminaries.

Portions of J&J were up around 1 percent in early exchanging on the New York Stock Exchange.

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