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Corona inactivated vaccine Novavax: One factor is delaying approval

Several billion doses of Novavax’s new protein-based Covid vaccine should be delivered in 2021. However, there are problems in production.

Gaithersburg – Many are longingly waiting for the Covid vaccine from Novavax – because this differs from the previous vaccines and promises a high level of effectiveness. As early as 2020, Novavax managing director Stanley Erck announced that deliveries of up to two billion vaccine doses could be expected in 2021. So far, however, the approval is pending. Will that change anytime soon?

In contrast to the mRNA vaccines from Biontech and Moderna, which are currently considered the most popular, immunization with the vaccine from the Novavax company is carried out using protein particles. This means that the vaccine contains laboratory-produced particles of the Sars-CoV-2 protein, which trigger the production of antibodies in the body. In contrast to mRNA vaccines, which contain parts of the genetic information of the virus, vaccination with protein-based vaccines has been tried and tested for a long time – an argument with which vaccination skeptics can still be convinced of a vaccination against corona. In addition, experts rate such a vaccine as particularly effective.

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After the CEO of Novavax in the USA had already spread hope for an early approval in 2020, he now again emphasized to CNN that he was planning to submit an application for emergency approval of the vaccine to the American drug regulatory authority FDA this year. However, delayed studies and slow production in the past have made global release of the vaccine impossible so far.

The vaccine is only approved in Indonesia and the Philippines. Several approval processes are currently underway, for example in Europe, Great Britain, Canada and Australia, but until the production problems of the small company are resolved, approval is unlikely to be expected. In the USA, for example, the approval is largely related to whether companies can deliver their products without restrictions. But Novavax boss Erck is confident that the problems have been overcome.

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