France – Novartis says it’s ready to pitch in on manufacturing rivals’ COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics

Right after Sanofi stepped in to help produce Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccines in Europe, Novartis is exploring whether it can deploy its own manufacturing network to boost COVID-19 supplies. Separately, the U.S. is weighing the Defense Production Act to compel drugmakers to produce Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines.

Novartis is « currently in discussions with several companies with a view to supporting the manufacturing of vaccines and components for tests for Covid-19, » a spokesman said.

Novartis sees controlling the pandemic as « one of the most pressing concerns for leaders, businesses and individuals all across the world, » he said, so the company is « exploring ways in which we can collaborate with our partners in the industry, and leverage our manufacturing capacity and capabilities to contribute to the pandemic effort. »…