A top government regulator has warned the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine may cause severe allergic reactions. On Thursday, the European Medicines Agency said they have had “a few cases” of anaphylaxis in connection with the vaccine and will be adding the potential side effect to the product’s information.
According to the National Health Service, the reaction is severe and potentially life-threatening. This comes as the vaccine was recently approved by the FDA for emergency use in the US, though 250,000 doses have been administered in Europe since its December launch. The FDA authorized Novavax’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine for adults over the age of 18.
According to reports, officials approved the company’s vaccine clinical trial data, which suggested it was 90 percent effective at preventing a COVID infections. This came after multiple delays due to concerns about Novavax’s new manufacturing process. The CEO of the company, Stanley Erck, commented on the news during a recent press conference.
“So the FDA has given us an emergency use authorization and that’s to authorize our vaccine to be used for a two-dose regimen in in primary vaccinations for all adults over 18 years old,” he expalined. “Our expectation with conversations with the FDA is that will then be expanded to include adolescents, will include booster doses, as they review the data that they already have in hand.”
Meanwhile, the CDC will have to sign off on the vaccine before it is made available. This comes after the FDA approved a second booster shot of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for the elderly and immunocompromised people back in March.
The Biden administration’s COVID-19 response team recently announced its new strategy in tackling the latest coronavirus subvariant. On Tuesday, the White House outlined its mitigation plan for the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the virus. (Click Here)
The outline includes changes and convenient access to vaccines, boosters and treatments while providing Americans with patient awareness and increasing protection to the immunocompromised. According to the White House, the subvariants are responsible for the majority of new cases sweeping the nation.