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

The U.S. Section of Well being and Human Products and services introduced Tuesday that it

The U.S. Section of Well being and Human Products and services introduced Tuesday that it would invest $1.6 billion towards the commercial enhancement of a COVID-19 investigational vaccine by the Maryland-based mostly company Novavax.

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

The medical trials for both equally the vaccine and the cure are continue to underway.

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The funding assignments have been carried out as a joint energy amongst HHS and the Section of Protection as aspect of Operation Warp Velocity, the Trump administration’s initiative to supply 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by January 2021. 

“Depending on good results in medical trials, today’s $1.6 billion expense supports our hottest vaccine candidate, becoming designed by Novavax, all the way by medical trials and producing one hundred million doses for the American people today,” stated HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

The $1.6 billion, in accordance to Novavax, will be place towards medical enhancement and trials, the establishment of large-scale producing, and the shipping and delivery of one hundred million vaccine doses. As documented by the New York Occasions, Novavax has not nonetheless brought a products to market. 

The govt will very own any doses of the vaccine and cure ensuing from the assignments, HHS stated. 

“If these doses are employed in a COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the vaccine would be offered to the American people today at no price tag,” stated the company in a press launch. “As is customary with govt-ordered vaccines, healthcare professionals could cost insurers for the price tag of administering the vaccine.”

Regeneron stated in a press assertion that, should the U.S. Food and Drug Administration grant crisis use authorization or products approval for the cure, “the govt has dedicated to creating doses from these plenty offered to the American people today at no price tag and would be liable for their distribution.”

“This settlement with Regeneron is the very first of a selection of Operation Warp Velocity awards to support opportunity therapeutics all the way by to producing, allowing for more rapidly distribution if trials are effective,” stated Azar.

HHS introduced on Might fifteen that 14 vaccine candidates had been selected beneath Operation Warp Velocity with the intention of becoming narrowed down to about seven. The company had currently allotted hundreds of millions in funds to support the enhancement of Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and AstraZeneca’s candidate vaccines.

The HHS announcement arrives on the heels of the FDA’s conclusion to grant crisis use authorization to a position-of-treatment fifteen-minute COVID-19 antigen test created by Becton Dickinson. 

On Tuesday, nevertheless, the Food and drug administration also issued a warning about false constructive prices from a unique Becton Dickinson COVID-19 test, which had been granted an crisis use authorization in April.

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