Canada to buy 76 million doses of Novavax's potential coronavirus vaccine


Reuters reports that Venezuela has signed a deal with Russian Federation to produce its COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, which was developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute. The government has also inked deals with pharmaceutical firms Pfizer and Moderna for access to millions of doses of their unique candidates.

According to a guideline for the clinical evaluation of COVID-19 vaccines recently released by the National Medical Products Administration, the vaccine should provide immunity for at least six months, preferably for more than a year.

"In the weeks and months ahead, our government will continue to take the steps needed to make sure Canada gets a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible".

Hahn said in the report that the FDA could consider issuing an emergency authorization for specific groups initially rather than granting full approval, which would insinuate "the benefit" of the potential vaccine "outweighs the risk in a public health emergency". Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University, tweeted that it would be unethical to administer the vaccine before it is proven safe and effective. "That's why the government of Canada has moved forward on signing agreements with a broad range of vaccine developers". The earliest date that vaccine might be ready for widespread use is next spring.

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NVX-CoV2373 is now in Phase 2 testing in countries including the U.S., Australia and South Africa.

Trudeau also said it was "unfortunate" a deal to develop a vaccine with CanSino Biologics Inc. fell through after China refused to allow their research to be exported to Canada.

Although every country had the right to approve drugs without completing full trials, "it is not something that you do very lightly", World Health Organization chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan told a news conference.

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