Rolling updates on the latest developments and headlines from around the world on the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Gina Lee and Peter Nurse
(10:23 PM ET) Takeda aims to start COVID-19 treatment trial in July
Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical aims to start a clinical trial for its COVID-19 treatment using antibodies from hundreds of recovered patients in July. If the trials are successful, Takeda will file for U.S. approval later in the year.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to decide on ending the state of emergency in 39 of 47 prefectures earlier than the scheduled May 31 date later in the day. Tokyo and Osaka will continue to be under the state of emergency.
(10:19 PM ET) Trump appoints team to lead vaccine drive
U.S. President Trump appointed Moncef Slaoui, former head of GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccines divisions, and four-star U.S. general Gustave Perna, to head a Manhattan Project-style drive to find a…