Codagenix-Serum Join Fray To Develop SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine
Codagenix, a company backed by Novartis, Merck and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has tied up with India’s Serum Institute to develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, joining a heated race against the dreaded COVID-19 outbreak.
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India has rolled out draft guidelines for development of vaccines with special focus on COVID-19 vaccines, drawing from those of other regulatory bodies and the WHO. Experts suggest the primary efficacy endpoint of minimum 50% is acceptable given that vaccines against respiratory diseases are difficult to develop though not necessarily enough to snuff out a pandemic.
Novavax has granted Serum Institute rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in selected regions, in another endorsement of the Indian group's capabilities. The agreement, which expands on an earlier association, gives Serum exclusive marketing rights in India until the deal ends and non-exclusive rights for developing countries to the end of the pandemic, with the US firm getting half of net revenue.