Washington has invested more than $10 billion in six vaccine projects and signed contracts guaranteeing the delivery of hundreds of millions of doses should they be approved following clinical trials. The Russian vaccine has also reportedly just started Phase 3 trials (despite receiving Russian "regulatory approval", the Russian vaccine hasn't passed large-scale trials yet and the published information is unconvincing at this moment).
The race for the coronvirus vaccines have heated up in recent weeks with Western countries also pushing their vaccines to the final trial stage.
In an early-stage trial, Novavax's vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373, produced higher levels of antibodies in healthy volunteers after two doses than those found in recovered COVID-19 patients and the vaccine was "well tolerated" overall.
The deal with SK bioscience would help it increase the supply to meet those commitments, Novavax said.
There are already 29 vaccines in clinical trials, with 6 of them (two Chinese, two American, one European, one Australian) now in large-scale Phase 3 trials that involve thousands of people.
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"SK Bioscience will share our promise for the global access of our Covid-19 vaccine without discrimination". We are also delighted to expand our collaboration with FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies in the UK.
According to the study the vaccine candidate is delivered intramuscularly, and enables human cells to produce proteins part of the SARS-CoV-2 receptor-binding domain, against which the immune system is trained to produce antibodies.
The vaccines are being developed by the Belgian pharmaceutical company Janssen and the United States biotech company Novavax. After developing additional processes, the firm will produce the vaccine at its vaccine factory in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province, also known as L House, and supply it globally. This is why trials last for months.
The move converts into an European Union agreement a preliminary deal with AstraZeneca that was reached in June by Europe's Inclusive Vaccines Alliance (IVA), a group formed by France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands to secure vaccine doses for all member states.
The manufacturing will take place at SK Bioscience's "L House" vaccine plant in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province, which recently enlarged its production capacity by three times from the previous 150 million doses. Vabiotech's Dat told Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper that they have not considered buying the vaccine from Russia, as they need more data on clinical trials, which Russian scientists have not publicly shared data on.