Shifting Goalposts For Vaccine Cos As Lambda Variant Rears Head
Multiple Vaccines Show Delta Efficacy
Studies point to Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Bharat Biotech’s vaccines neutralizing the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, even if efficacy is lower compared to the original strain. This follows positive news from other vaccine companies but will the Lambda variant cause a setback?
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A US FDA review panel has given a lukewarm reception to molnupiravir, while Inovio is assessing its vaccine candidates against the new omicron variant, J&J nears a South African vaccine deal with Aspen, and South Korea brings in new COVID-19 measures. Meanwhile, Serum exports Novavax vaccine, Bharat looks at Covaxin in Omicron and Ocugen's Covaxin trial put on hold.
With an emergency approval, Zydus Cadila has commercialized the world’s first plasmid DNA vaccine for human use and the first COVID-19 vaccine for use in adolescents in India. Will efficacy against the Delta variant help tide over hesitancy towards a new technology or a lack of publicly published data hamper acceptance?
While a Star Health study found high hospitalization costs for COVID-19 patients in India, those vaccinated paid 24% less and faced 81% lower mortality risk. However, insurers are unlikely to offer lower premiums to those vaccinated, even as the prospects for an overall hike remain uncertain, say experts.