Novavax Prepared to Deliver Protein-based Non-mRNA JN.1 COVID-19 Vaccine in Line with WHO Recommendation this Fall

April 26, 2024

Today the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition recommended the use of a monovalent JN.1 lineage COVID-19 vaccine as one approach to address the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 virus evolution, which is expected to lead to circulation of additional JN.1 descendant strains. Novavax plans to be ready to deliver our JN.1 protein-based non-mRNA COVID-19 vaccine globally this fall. We have been developing and manufacturing this vaccine candidate at risk and are well positioned for the upcoming vaccination season.

Our most recent nonclinical data have demonstrated that our JN.1 vaccine candidate induces neutralization responses to JN.1, JN.4, JN.1.11.1, JN.1.7, JN.1.13.1 and JN.1.16 strains. Our JN.1 vaccine candidate also produces polyfunctional cellular CD4+ T cell responses to a range of omicron strains including JN.1 and JN.1.11. These responses indicate once again that our vaccine technology can induce broadly neutralizing responses against multiple variant strains, including circulating forward drift variants.

Forward-Looking Statements

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