Coronavirus Notebook: Australia OKs Paxlovid, Lagevrio & Nuvaxovid, New Sputnik Data Show ‘Strong Protection’ Against Omicron
International regulators have broadened their discussions on the possible use of bivalent and multivalent vaccines, and the French presidency of the Council of the EU has called for “international solidarity” on vaccine provision.
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With the approval of Nuvaxovid, the UK and the EU now each have five COVID-19 vaccines at their disposal. Meanwhile, the European Medicines Agency has given an estimated timeline for the approval of candidate vaccines from Valneva and Sanofi Pasteur, and is looking at which therapeutics could be effective against the Omicron variant. Russia says its Sputnik V vaccine has now been granted full regulatory approval there.
The European Medicines Agency’s assessment of the oral antiviral combination was conducted under the OPEN Initiative, which involves information sharing among international regulators.
Global regulators have been discussing how best to approach vaccination in the face of possible future coronavirus variants, and whether bivalent or multivalent vaccines could be the answer.