Israel signs deal with Novavax for vaccine

Ari RabinovitchReuters
The Israeli government says Novavax's protein-based vaccine will be administered in two doses.
Camera IconThe Israeli government says Novavax's protein-based vaccine will be administered in two doses. Credit: AP

Israel has signed a deal to buy five million COVID-19 vaccine doses from Novavax, the health ministry says.

The vaccines are due to arrive in Israel in the coming months, pending regulatory approval.

Financial details of the deal, which includes the option for an additional five million doses, were not disclosed.

Novavax's protein-based vaccine will be administered in two doses and has been found effective against a number of variants, the ministry said.

It will be an alternative for those who do not want a vaccine that uses messenger RNA (mRNA) technology.

Mostly Israelis have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or other vaccines that use mRNA to spur an immune response.

The ministry said Novavax's vaccine has been approved by regulators in Europe and is still being examined by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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