Pfizer agrees to manufacture remdesivir, investigational COVID-19 drug

Pfizer is to manufacture and supply the investigational COVID-19 treatment remdesivir for Gilead Sciences at one of its facilities.

Remdesivir (Veklury) in bottles

Pfizer has announced a new multi-year agreement with Gilead Sciences to manufacture and supply the latter’s investigational antiviral remdesivir. Pfizer will be one of multiple external manufacturing organisations supporting the efforts to scale up supply of the potential treatment for COVID-19.

Under the terms of the agreement, Pfizer will provide contract manufacturing services at the company’s Kansas, US, facility to manufacture and supply remdesivir for Gilead.

In March, Pfizer launched a five-point plan, which called on all members of the innovation ecosystem – from large pharmaceutical companies to the smallest of biotech companies, from government agencies to academic institutions – to commit to work together in addressing the dire COVID-19 crisis.

“From the beginning it was clear that no one company or innovation would be able to bring an end to the COVID-19 crisis. Pfizer’s agreement with Gilead is an excellent example of members of the innovation ecosystem working together to deliver medical solutions,” said Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer.

“Together, we are more powerful than alone. As one of the largest manufacturers of vaccines, biologics and sterile injectables, it is a privilege to offer our expertise and infrastructure to help fight this pandemic. In that spirit, we are pleased that Gilead is using our manufacturing capacity to help facilitate supply of this medicine to patients as quickly as possible,” he concluded. 

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