MIL-OSI Australia: TGA grants provisional determination for the Moderna bivalent COVID-19 vaccine “SPIKEVAX Bivalent Zero/Omicron”

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Source: Australian Department of Health

On 27 April 2022 the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Department of Health, granted a provisional determination to Moderna Australia Pty Ltd in relation to its bivalent COVID-19 vaccine, elasomeran/elasomeran 0-omicron (SPIKEVAX Bivalent Zero/Omicron).

Currently, Moderna Australia Pty Ltd has provisional approval for its COVID-19 vaccine, SPIKEVAX, for use in individuals aged 6 years and older. This mRNA vaccine (mRNA-1273) is based on the original (“wild type”) SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein. With the emergence of COVID-19 variants of concern, Moderna has developed a bivalent vaccine that includes the mRNA sequence encoding the spike protein of the Omicron variant of concern and  the same mRNA-1273 backbone as  in the original SPIKEVAX vaccine.

The new provisional determination means that Moderna Australia Pty Ltd is now able to apply for provisional registration for the bivalent vaccine for active immunisation to prevent COVID-19

In making its decision to grant Moderna Australia Pty Ltd a provisional determination, the TGA considered all eligibility criteria, including evidence of a plan to submit comprehensive clinical data and the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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