HHS announces billion-dollar push toward experimental COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. Department of Wellness and Human Services introduced Tuesday that it would devote $one.six billion towards the professional progress of a COVID-19 investigational vaccine by the Maryland-based mostly business Novavax.

HHS also introduced that it would supply $450 million to Regeneron to manufacture and supply the firm’s antiviral antibody remedy, REGN-COV2.

The medical trials for both the vaccine and the remedy are still underway.

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The funding projects had been carried out as a joint exertion involving HHS and the Department of Protection as element of Operation Warp Velocity, the Trump administration’s initiative to provide 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021. 

“Depending on achievements in medical trials, today’s $one.six billion investment supports our latest vaccine prospect, becoming made by Novavax, all the way by way of medical trials and manufacturing one hundred million doses for the American men and women,” claimed HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

The $one.six billion, in accordance to Novavax, will be set towards medical progress and trials, the institution of substantial-scale manufacturing, and the supply of one hundred million vaccine doses. As reported by the New York Instances, Novavax has not still brought a item to market place. 

The govt will individual any doses of the vaccine and remedy resulting from the projects, HHS claimed. 

“If these doses are made use of in a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the vaccine would be out there to the American men and women at no charge,” claimed the agency in a push launch. “As is customary with govt-ordered vaccines, healthcare specialists could cost insurers for the charge of administering the vaccine.”

Regeneron claimed in a push assertion that, need to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grant unexpected emergency use authorization or item approval for the remedy, “the govt has fully commited to making doses from these lots out there to the American men and women at no charge and would be responsible for their distribution.”

“This settlement with Regeneron is the very first of a variety of Operation Warp Velocity awards to assistance probable therapeutics all the way by way of to manufacturing, allowing for a lot quicker distribution if trials are thriving,” claimed Azar.

HHS introduced on May well fifteen that fourteen vaccine candidates experienced been preferred below Operation Warp Velocity with the intention of becoming narrowed down to about 7. The agency experienced currently allotted hundreds of thousands and thousands in money to assistance the progress of Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and AstraZeneca’s prospect vaccines.

The HHS announcement comes on the heels of the FDA’s conclusion to grant unexpected emergency use authorization to a point-of-care fifteen-minute COVID-19 antigen take a look at manufactured by Becton Dickinson. 

On Tuesday, having said that, the Food and drug administration also issued a warning about bogus positive premiums from a various Becton Dickinson COVID-19 take a look at, which experienced been granted an unexpected emergency use authorization in April.

Kat Jercich is senior editor of Health care IT News.
Twitter: @kjercich
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