APAC Regulatory Roundup: Infectious Disease A Common Theme As COVID Lingers
Diverse Policy, Regulatory Activity
A roundup of key regulatory and policy developments in the Asia-Pacific in the first half of the year reveals broad developments across the region's diverse markets, although there seemed to be a common thread - a renewed focus on infectious diseases amid the lingering impact of the pandemic and the emergence of new threats.
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GSK discontinues Cervarix in India as part of portfolio rationalization efforts against the backdrop of the arrival of Serum’s 'affordable' quadrivalent HPV vaccine. The heat is also believed to be on the UK drugmaker’s pneumococcal vaccine Synflorix in the country.
Serum Institute will supply initial doses of NVX-CoV2373 in the US, but late approvals have meant Novavax's vaccine is facing weak demand and surplus stocks in other parts of the world. Meanwhile, Serum has also secured a nod in India for the first indigenously-developed HPV vaccine, also the fifth globally.
The list including eight types of diseases such as flu and coronavirus infection, smallpox will be sent to SCARDA to determine which domestic vaccine development projects by pharmaceutical firms are to be funded. Some participants at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s discussion insisted on continuous monitoring.