WSJ News Exclusive | Merck Explores Purchase of Biotech Seagen

Merck MRK -0.32% & Co. is eyeing a purchase of biotech Seagen Inc., SGEN 12.72% according to people familiar with the matter, a move that would beef up the pharmaceutical giant’s cancer-drug portfolio. Talks have been under way for a while, and a deal isn’t imminent, the people said, cautioning that pulling one off could … Read more

FDA Authorizes First Covid-19 Vaccines for Young Children

Some 1½ years after first authorizing the shots for people of older ages, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday expanded use of the vaccines to the nearly 20 million children in the U.S. from 6 months to under 5 years. A national campaign to vaccinate the young children is expected to kick off as … Read more

FDA Advisers Review Pfizer, Moderna Covid-19 Vaccines in Young Children

A positive recommendation would likely lead soon to expanding the U.S. Covid-19 vaccination campaign to the 19.6 million children ranging in age from 6 months to under 5 years old, one of the last groups of people in the U.S. waiting for shots. Moderna’s two-dose vaccine is up for the Food and Drug Administration’s authorization … Read more

FDA Should Authorize Moderna’s Vaccine for Ages 6 to 17, Advisers Say

A panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration recommended the agency expand use of Moderna Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine to children ages 6 through 17. The advisory committee voted 22-0 on Tuesday that the benefits of vaccinating children in this age group outweigh the risks. The FDA will consider the vote in making a … Read more

Three-Dose Pfizer Covid Vaccine Works Safely in Young Children, Review Says

The FDA staff also said, in a review of study data posted online Sunday, that there were no new safety concerns using the vaccine in young children compared with older age groups. The assessment is the latest sign that authorities are moving closer to clearing inoculations for children under 5 years old, the last group … Read more

Moderna’s Covid-19 Vaccine Works Safely in Kids, Including Those Under Age 5, FDA Says

Moderna Inc.’s Covid-19 vaccine was effective at preventing symptomatic disease in children ages 6 months through 5 years, Food and Drug Administration staff said in a review of the evidence. The FDA staff also said Friday that Moderna’s vaccine was generally safe in children in studies, including those under 5 years who haven’t had access … Read more

J&J Says It Plans to End Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Deal With Emergent BioSolutions

Johnson & Johnson said Monday it planned to terminate its Covid-19 vaccine supply deal with contract manufacturer Emergent BioSolutions Inc., as both companies accused each other of breaching the agreement. J&J informed Emergent last week of its plan to terminate the 2020 manufacturing agreement “based on Emergent’s breaches, including failure to supply Covid-19 vaccine drug … Read more

Bristol-Myers to Buy Turning Point Therapeutics for $4.1 Billion

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. said it will acquire biotechnology company Turning Point Therapeutics Inc. TPTX 115.75% for $4.1 billion, an effort to deepen the biopharmaceutical giant’s position in lung-cancer treatments. The purchase price of $76 a share in cash is more than double Thursday’s closing price of $34.16 for Turning Point, but well below the trading … Read more

Pfizer to Sell Vaccines, Drugs at Low Prices to Poorer Countries

Pfizer Inc. will sell nearly two dozen of its patent-protected drugs and vaccines at not-for-profit prices to some of the world’s poorest countries. Under the program, Pfizer will begin shipping the medicines first to Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Senegal and Uganda before the end of this year, Chief Executive Albert Bourla said in an interview. The … Read more

WSJ News Exclusive | Smallpox Vaccine Enters Wider Production Amid Monkeypox Outbreak

Danish vaccine maker Bavarian Nordic A/S is making more of a smallpox vaccine typically stockpiled in case of biological warfare, as governments seek doses that also offer protection against monkeypox amid an unusual outbreak around the world. Monkeypox, a viral illness that is only rarely detected outside of Africa, has been reported in recent weeks … Read more