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FDA and CDC Back Novavax’s Updated Covid Vaccine for Swift American Distribution

Covid Vaccine

Novavax’s updated Covid vaccine has received the green light from U.S. regulators, marking a pivotal moment in the nation’s fight against the ongoing pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization for Novavax’s single-strain vaccine, designed to target the omicron subvariant XBB.1.5, in individuals aged 12 and above.

This development places Novavax’s vaccine in line with recently approved shots from Pfizer and Moderna. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now includes Novavax’s vaccine in its recommendation, allowing all Americans aged six months and older to receive updated Covid jabs.

Novavax’s approach differs from Pfizer and Moderna, utilizing protein-based technology, a proven method in routine vaccinations against diseases like hepatitis B and shingles. With the expected availability of Novavax’s vaccine in the coming days, individuals across the U.S. will have the option of a non-MRNA alternative to protect against Covid-19.

CEO John Jacobs emphasized the significance of providing this choice, especially considering that Novavax’s vaccine is a protein-based option. Public health officials view it as a valuable alternative for those who may be hesitant about messenger RNA shots.

While the U.S. faces a resurgence in Covid cases and hospitalizations, all three vaccines are expected to contribute to controlling the spread during the fall and winter months. Novavax’s protein-based approach offers a promising avenue, generating a broad immune response against newer omicron strains.

Despite the end of the U.S. Covid public health emergency, the rollout of Novavax’s vaccine signifies a crucial step forward in expanding choices for individuals seeking effective and diverse Covid protection. The pricing, commercial market dynamics, and public reception will unfold in the post-emergency landscape, with Novavax poised to play a key role in the ongoing vaccination efforts.



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