28 October 2020 | News
COVAX Facility aims to secure successful and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide
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Sanofi and GSK have signed a Statement of Intent with Gavi, the legal administrator of the COVAX facility, a global risk-sharing mechanism for pooled procurement and equitable distribution of eventual COVID-19 vaccines.
Sanofi and GSK intend to make available 200 million doses of their adjuvanted recombinant protein-based COVID-19 vaccine if approved by regulatory authorities and subject to contract, to the COVAX Facility. Both Companies intend to contribute to COVAX’s ambition to ensure successful COVID-19 vaccines reach those in need, whoever they are and wherever they live, once they obtain appropriate approvals.
The COVAX Facility is part of COVAX, a global collaboration of governments, global health organizations, businesses and philanthropic organizations working to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and WHO and forms the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.
Through the COVAX Facility’s efforts, vaccines will be distributed in participating countries through the WHO’s recently published Allocation Framework, and the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) Values Framework which has begun to frame future guidance on vaccine use. These allocation principles aim to ensure that people in all parts of the world will get access to COVID-19 vaccines once they are available.
In addition to the recombinant protein-based vaccine in collaboration with GSK, Sanofi is developing a messenger RNA vaccine in partnership with Translate Bio. Sanofi expects the Phase 1/2 study to start in the fourth quarter of 2020, with earliest potential approval in the second half of 2021.