J&J to supply EU with 200M COVID-19 vaccine doses

By The Science Advisory Board staff writers

October 8, 2020 -- Johnson & Johnson has received approval from the European Commission to supply 200 million doses of Janssen Pharmaceutical's COVID-19 vaccine candidate to European Union (EU) member states following approval from regulators.

The advance purchase agreement will allow EU member states to secure up to 200 million additional doses, the company said.

Johnson & Johnson is developing and testing Janssen's COVID-19 vaccine candidate via a multicountry single-dose phase III trial that started in September; a second phase III study with a two-dose protocol will start later this year. The vaccine includes Janssen's AdVac technology, which it also used to develop an Ebola vaccine and is the basis for that firm's HIV, RSV, and Zika vaccine candidates.

The company also plans to set aside up to 500 million vaccine doses for lower income countries, with delivery in mid-2021 following regulatory approval, it said.

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