Merck announces three significant scientific efforts in the fight against COVID-19
May 26, 2020
COVID-19 continues to be an extraordinary challenge to the global community. As a company dedicated to saving and improving lives for more than 100 years, we have a special responsibility to help in the fight against COVID-19. Merck has been fully committed to developing an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic since it was first recognized, and we know that success will require global collaboration among countries and companies and more.
Today, we announced two COVID-19 vaccine development efforts – a collaboration with IAVI and plans to acquire Themis Bioscience, a company focused on vaccines and immune-modulation therapies for infectious diseases, including COVID-19. We also announced a research collaboration with Ridgeback Biotherapeutics to develop a novel antiviral candidate.
We believe a range of medicines and vaccines will be needed to end the pandemic, and we will continue to pursue multiple pathways and collaborate with others.
As has been the case with many diseases, we are optimistic that our industry’s efforts will create new tools and that the unprecedented collaboration we are seeing today will accelerate these efforts. This pandemic underscores the need for our company and our industry to continue to invest in research for the greatest health threats.