US Officials Hope To Identify Correlates of Protection For COVID-19 Vaccines Shortly
Accelerated approval might soon be in the cards for COVID-19 vaccines if an immune correlate of protection can be identified through ongoing work by FDA and NIH. Meanwhile, to speed more vaccines to Americans, FDA is trying to help ramp up manufacturing. Sanofi is set to commence a Phase IIb trial with an active comparator.
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