Takeda to supply Novavax’s coronavirus vaccine

AUG 08 , 2020. 14 hours ago – 20:56 KYODO NEWS

In this photo illustration the logo of Novavax is seen on the image of Coronavirus. (NurPhoto/Getty/Kyodo)

TOKYO – Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. said Friday it will produce and sell in Japan a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by U.S. biotechnology firm Novavax Inc.

Novavax, which is carrying out clinical trials for the vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373, will license and transfer manufacturing technologies to Takeda, the two companies said.

Takeda, which will receive funding from Japan’s health ministry, anticipates the capacity to produce over 250 million doses of the vaccine a year.

It will secure regulatory approval in Japan to supply the vaccine.

Photo taken on April 20, 2018, shows a logo of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. installed on its head office building in Tokyo. (Kyodo)

“Nothing is more important right now than protecting the world against COVID-19. We are excited to collaborate with Novavax to bring their promising vaccine candidate to Japan,” Rajeev Venkayya, president of Takeda’s global vaccine business unit, said in a statement.

The announcement came as Japan is struggling to stem a resurgence in coronavirus cases after it appeared to have brought it under control this spring without lockdowns.

NVX-CoV2373 is a vaccine candidate engineered from the genetic sequence of the virus that causes COVID-19, a respiratory disease.

Novavax said it has received funding from the U.S. government to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine and aims to deliver 100 million doses of NVX-CoV2373 from as early as late 2020.