STAT+: Pharmalittle: FDA panel endorses Novavax Covid shot; FTC to probe pharmacy benefit managers

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A U.S. Food and Drug Administration expert panel voted overwhelmingly to recommend the agency issue an emergency use authorization for the Novavax Covid-19 vaccine — a long-awaited win for a company that has struggled to reach this point, STAT writes. The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted 21-to-0 to recommend the vaccine receive an EUA, with a single abstention. The strong vote belied the tenor of much of the discussion, which started with one member of the committee, Eric Rubin, editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, questioning whether additional EUAs are needed when three vaccines are already in use in the country.

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