Novavax Readies Its Vaccine to Fight Covid World-Wide

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Updated Aug. 5, 2021 5:51 p.m. ET / Original Aug. 5, 2021 5:50 p.m. ET

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Novavax had nary income to study for its June quarter. But the institution has a vaccine that has done good against Covid-19 successful trials, and it expects authorizations astir the globe.

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Novavax had nary income to study for its June quarter. But the Gaithersburg, Md.-based firm’s vaccine has done truthful good successful objective trials against the Covid-19 microorganism that its Thursday study connected the 4th looked confidently up to the authorizations it expects from governments astir the world.

With studies showing its shots to beryllium much than 90% effective astatine preventing Covid, adjacent from worrisome microorganism variants, Novavax (ticker: NVAX) banal doubled this twelvemonth to a Thursday adjacent of $236.20. The shares were disconnected 6%, to $220, successful the after-hours of the company’s announcement. But this year’s steep run-ups of vaccine stocks person near galore selling disconnected connected their June 4th news. Moderna (MRNA) banal fell 2% Thursday, after reporting splendid results.

Novavax had $300 cardinal successful June 4th revenue, acknowledgment to its backing from the U.S. government’s Covid vaccine program. Large objective trials, and the ramp-up of facilities to nutrient 150 cardinal monthly doses by year-end, near the institution with a nonaccomplishment of $350 million, oregon $4.75 a share. More than $2 cardinal successful currency astatine June’s extremity means that Novavax tin decorativeness its vaccine development.


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Most of the company’s announcements acrophobic its vaccine programs. After finishing the Phase 3 proceedings showing its vaccine’s precocious effectiveness successful adults, Novavax has afloat enrolled a survey successful adolescents. Like Pfizer (PFE), BioNTech (BNTX), and Moderna (MRNA), the institution is studying six-month booster shots; it says that a booster changeable of its vaccine lifts antibody levels fourfold successful antecedently vaccinated people, and generates antibodies that respond against newer variants of the Covid virus.

Applications for exigency usage authorization person been filed by the company’s manufacturing partner, the Serum Institute of India, successful India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Novavax expects to marque akin filings successful the U.K. during the September quarter, with European and U.S. filings successful the months that follow.

Advance acquisition agreements totaling implicit a cardinal doses person been signed with a vaccine confederation representing low-income countries, arsenic good arsenic the European Commission.

Write to Bill Alpert astatine william.alpert@barrons.com

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