Activist hedge fund Elliott Management has taken a multi-billion pound stake in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L), the Financial Times reported on Thursday, after a year that has seen the British pharma firm take a backseat role in the COVID-19 vaccine race.
Shares in GSK erased losses and traded more than 7% higher on the report, and were last up 5% at 1151 GMT.
A GSK spokesman declined to comment on the report. Elliott did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Britain’s GSK warned in February of a bigger than expected fall in 2021 earnings as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt other healthcare treatments and it invests in new medicines ahead of a split from its consumer products business next year.
Rather than developing its own COVID-19 shot, GSK has so far focused on supplying its vaccine booster to other drugmakers. But a project with Sanofi (SASY.PA) has been delayed, and China's Clover has ended its deal with the British drugmaker.
GSK’s shares had been down nearly 4% in 2021 before the rally on Thursday.
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