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Merck Enters Supply Agreement With U.S. Government For Investigational Biological Therapeutic, MK-7110 For Severe & Critical COVID-19

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

Reportedly, Merck & Co., Inc.  (MRK) has entered an agreement with the United States Government development, manufacture, and initial distribution of an investigational biological therapeutic, MK-7110 upon approval or Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Merck will get $356 million approximately for manufacturing and supply of 60,000-100,000 doses of MK-7110 to the U.S. Government through June 30, 2021, to cover the government’s Operation Warp Speed goals and speeding delivery of MK-7110 to the American people as quickly as possible.

“Building upon the promising clinical findings to date for MK-7110, Merck is pleased to be collaborating with the U.S. Government to advance the manufacture and distribution of this candidate for patients with serious COVID-19 disease,” stated Dr. Roger M. Perlmutter, president, Merck Research Laboratories.

Merck acquired MK-7110 through its acquisition of OncoImmune, a privately held, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company.

An interim analysis by OncoImmune reported data from 203 participants showed that hospitalized patients with COVID-19 treated with a single dose of MK-7110 reported a 60% higher probability of improvement in clinical status compared to a placebo, as defined by the protocol. The risk of death or respiratory failure was also reduced by more than 50%. The study reportedly is still ongoing.

Merck & Co., Inc.  (MRK) is a global healthcare solutions provider that has been working towards bringing forward medicine and vaccines for some of the world’s most challenging diseases for more than a century.  They are committed to increasing health care access and continue to be at the leading edge of research. Merck has the industry’s largest immuno-oncology clinical research program. To learn more about Merck (MRK) and to track its ongoing progress please visit the Vista Partners Merck Coverage Page.

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(Read Original Story: Merck Announces Supply Agreement with U.S. Government for Initial Doses of Investigational Biological Therapy for the Treatment of Patients with Severe and Critical COVID-19 in Business Wire)


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