Current guidelines for screening U.S. blood donors for symptoms of COVID-19 and for a history of recent infections are effectively protecting the blood supply from contamination with the new coronavirus, researchers say.

Burlingame, California-based Humanigen reported positive data from the company’s Phase Ib ZUMA-19 trial of lenzilumab in patients treated with CAR-T in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Lenzilumab is being investigated for the drug compound’s ability to tamp down the hyper-immune response known as a cytokine storm.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to Gilead Company Kite’s Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma after two or more lines of systemic therapy.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Bristol Myers Squibb’s Breyanzi (lisocabtagene maraleucel; liso-cel) for adults with relapsed or refractory large B-Cell lymphoma after two or more lines of systemic therapy.

Positive high-level results from the ELEVATE-RR Phase III trial showed AstraZeneca’s Calquence (acalabrutinib) met the primary endpoint demonstrating non-inferior progression-free survival for adults with previously treated, high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) compared to ibrutinib.

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition began December 5 with numerous presentations, abstracts and posters.

Roche Group member Genentech announced that new data from the pivotal Phase III MURANO and CLL14 studies support the efficacy of fixed-duration, chemotherapy-free Venclexta (venetoclax)-based combinations in certain people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and provide more evidence on the potential value of minimal residual disease.

Bristol Myers Squibb said the U.S. health regulator deferred a decision on an experimental blood cancer therapy that the company acquired in the $74 billion buyout of Celgene due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Complete Response Letter (CRL) for Sanofi’s blood cancer treatment sutimlimab.

AstraZeneca’s blood cancer treatment Calquence failed to improve survival rates and prevent lung failure in patients hospitalized with symptoms of Covid-19, the drugmaker said, citing results from mid-stage trials.