France – Sanofi accelerates coronavirus vaccine plans

Sanofi says it will start clinical testing of its experimental coronavirus in September, several months earlier than planned, and could have the vaccine ready for emergency use in January.

The new timeline was revealed during an R&D update yesterday during which the French drugmaker also said it has the capacity to make a billion doses of the vaccine each year.

The phase 1/2 trial of the recombinant protein-based vaccine – which uses GlaxoSmithKline’s AS03 adjuvant and is based on Sanofi’s baculovirus expression system already used in its quadrivalent flu vaccine – could get “full approval by the first half of 2021”, according to the company.

The new schedule suggests a dramatic acceleration from Sanofi’s initial timeframe for the project when it was announced back in February, which started out with the objective of clinical trials starting in 2021…