Small Tribe in Pacific Northwest Drop AZD1222 & Seek Participation in Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

Small Tribe in Pacific Northwest Drop AstraZeneca & Seek Participation in Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

What does a niche vaccine-focused biotech from Gaithersburg, MD toiling in relative obscurity for years and a small Native American nation in the far Pacific Northwest have in common? COVID-19. A piece in Science recently suggested that the once small American vaccine development company, Novavax just a year ago toiling in obscurity—yet today slated to receive up to $2 billion from the U.S. government and others to develop and manufacture their moth cell-based COVID-19 vaccine—may actually be on to one of the most superior vaccine candidates. Why? Author Meredith Wadman suggests that their investigational vaccine candidate thus far outperforms most others when factoring in key measures on monkey and early-stage human studies. So how do the Lummi (Lhaq’temish or People of the Sea) fit into this picture? This Native American group, situated in the far Pacific Northwest at the Canadian border, represented by the Lummi Public Health Department, recently submitted an application to participate in the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trial.

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Some relevant background is important as recently, Native News Online shared that citing ...

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