Many countries around the world that appeared to have kicked COVID-19 are reporting surges, largely the result of the so-called “stealth” Omicron variant, BA.2.

The CEO of Maryland-based Novavax believes U.S. Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the company’s protein-based COVID-19 vaccine could happen “within weeks.”

Pfizer Inc. now expects to manufacture 80 million treatment courses of the company’s experimental COVID-19 antiviral drug, up from a previous forecast of 50 million, Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said in a CNBC interview on November 29.

Raytheon Technologies’ top boss warned on Oct. 26 that the U.S. aerospace and defense firm will lose ‘several thousand’ employees who refused to take Covid-19 vaccines, as the company prepares to meet the Biden administration’s Dec. 8 deadline for immunization.

As the work force returns to the office, life science companies are having to take their stance on vaccine policy. Some have chosen a strict mandate, others a mandate with options, and others have yet to issue an edict.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission halted registrations of U.S. initial public offerings (IPOs) by Chinese companies. 

The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries over the next two years, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on June 9.

The United States is preparing for the possibility that a booster shot will be needed between nine to 12 months after people are initially vaccinated against Covid-19, a White House official said on April 15.

Moncef Slaoui, who served as chief scientist for the Operation Warp Speed response to the Covid-19 pandemic under former President Donald Trump, was fired as chairman of the board of directors of Galvani Bioelectronics following the “substantiation” of allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct.

Johnson & Johnson Chief Executive Officer Alex Gorsky told CNBC that people may need to get vaccinated against Covid-19 annually over the next several years, like seasonal flu shots.