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J&J tracks the path to a COVID-19 vaccine in new online news series

April 14, 2020 Beth Snyder


What will it take to develop a vaccine for COVID-19? Johnson & Johnson is taking viewers behind the scenes with an original online video series. Beginning Tuesday, producer and journalist Lisa Ling will host a program titled, “The Road to a Vaccine.” Each 30-minute show will air live online on Tuesdays on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and JNJ.com.

Over the next eight weeks, Ling will interview experts from J&J, including chief scientific officer Paul Stoffels, along with public health experts, scientists and frontline healthcare workers. The show will cover the behind-the-scenes scientific efforts in the lab—how a vaccine is being made and what can be expected—as well as efforts to end the outbreak from public health and local community personnel around the world.

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J&J recently unveiled a lead COVID-19 vaccine candidate along with a $1 billion commitment in partnership with the U.S. Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop it. The company plans to have a vaccine in clinical trials by September, win emergency use by early next year and add manufacturing capacity to produce more than one billion doses.

J&J is one of several drugmakers, including Moderna, Inovio, Pfizer and Sanofi, that are advancing COVID-19 candidates. Experts say it’s possible that multiple vaccines against COVID-19 could be available on a limited basis by this time next year.

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The World Health Organization Monday announced its coordination of an international group of more than 120 scientists, physicians, public health and manufacturing experts—including those from J&J, Sanofi, Altimmune, Moderna, Inovio and CureVac—to help speed the availability of a vaccine for COVID-19.



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