Covid-19 roundup: Moderna enlists Catalent as manufacturing partner, securing fill-finish capacity for the first 100M doses
With Phase III trials now outlined, locking in a network of production partners appears to be top of mind for the leading Covid-19 vaccine developers. In the latest move, Moderna has named Catalent a collaborator for the large-scale, commercial fill-finish manufacturing of its mRNA-based candidate.
Catalent — which has signed deals with AstraZeneca, J&J and Arcturus — will provide vial filling and packaging capacity for an initial 100 million doses intended to supply the US market starting the third quarter of this year. Additional staffing at its Bloomington, Indiana site will be deployed to guarantee round-the-clock, 24/7 operations.
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