As per reports, Britain has secured a deal for the potential COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Novavax Inc. The latest addition brings Britain’s total number of doses to 340 million, with options for millions more for its population of 66 million.
“For now that is probably the bedrock of the portfolio. We basically need to see now, what we want to add, if anything, immediately that could diversify the sorts of vaccine that we’ve got in the hopper now,” stated Kate Bingham, chair of UK Vaccine Taskforce, told Reuters. “I think we’re well placed… but I think we need to see the data of some of these early vaccines first before we know what is likely to be protective and what is not.”
Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceutica unit is scheduled to supply Britain with its Ad26.COV2 vaccine, with an early sale of 30 million doses on a not-for-profit basis and emergency pandemic use with an option for additional purchase of up to 22 million doses. Additionally, Novavax to supply 60 million doses of its vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373 to Britain.
British government to work with J&J on a global Phase III trial to explore the two-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine, along with Phase III single-dose trials and with Novavax on a late-stage British-based trial.
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