US manufacturer seeks Medsafe approval for Novavax use in New Zealand


The makers of the Covid-19 vaccine Novavax have applied for provisional approval from Medsafe to use it in this country.

SEATTLE, WA - FEBRUARY 12: Researchers at the UW Medicine Retrovirology Research Lab at Harborview Medical Center work on samples from the Novavax phase 3 Covid-19 clinical vaccine trial on February 12,

A researcher works on the climinal trials of the Novavax vaccine, at a laboratory in Seattle last February. Photo: 2021 Getty Images

The US company has issued a statement saying the application follows similar moves in Britain, Canada and Australia.

At the end of last year, the government announced a deal with Novavax to purchase enough of the vaccine for five and a half million people, but its global rollout has been hit by production delays.

The company said its trial on 30,000 people in the US and Mexico demonstrated 100 percent protection against moderate and severe disease and 90.4 percent effectiveness overall.

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