'Warp Speed’ Vaccine Trial Network Aims For Both Harmony And Velocity
Infographic depicts how Operation Warp Speed is harmonizing the study designs of COVID-19 vaccine candidates to make it easier to compare safety and efficacy.
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Guidance on COVID-19 vaccine development and licensure appears to set a precedent in specifying the clinical efficacy rate for a product approval; agency also takes accelerated approval off the table for now and says emergency use authorization may be granted only after safety and efficacy have been demonstrated.
Pfizer Comes Close To Meeting FDA’s Guidance Standard For COVID Booster Dose, But It May Not Be Enough
Study data met two key endpoints laid out in agency guidance, but Pfizer may not have enough evidence of the booster’s impact on current circulating virus variants, particularly Delta. It is also unclear if Pfizer has made the case to FDA that a booster dose is needed at this time or that they provided enough safety data.