Sanofi, GSK to supply 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to COVAX

Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline said Wednesday that they signed a statement of intent with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to make 200 million doses of their adjuvanted recombinant protein-based COVID-19 vaccine available to the COVAX facility. Thomas Triomphe, global head of Sanofi Pasteur, said the deal "reflects our long-term commitment to global health and ensures our COVID-19 vaccines are affordable and accessible to those most at risk, everywhere in the world."

COVAX, which aims to deliver 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021, has already reached agreements with AstraZeneca and Novavax. Meanwhile, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline signed a $2.1-billion deal to supply the US with more than 100 million doses of their vaccine, with similar agreements also in place with the EUCanada and the UK.

Late-stage study this year

Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline initiated a Phase I/II study of their vaccine in September, with the first results expected in early December. The companies noted that pending the trial's outcome, a Phase III study is scheduled to start before the end of the year, with requests for marketing approval beginning in the first half of 2021.

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