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Why Novavax Stock Soared Today

By Keith Speights - Jun 2, 2021 at 4:10PM

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Investors cheered the company's progress with its COVID-19 vaccine program.

What happened

Shares of Novavax (NVAX 3.45%) soared 17.8% on Wednesday. The big jump came after the company stated that it would soon announce data from a U.S. phase 3 study of COVID-19 vaccine NVX-CoV2373 and is on track to hit its production goals for the vaccine.

So what

What does an impending announcement of late-stage results for NVX-CoV2373 really mean for the biotech stock? The sooner Novavax reports those results, the sooner it will be able to complete its submission to the Food and Drug Administration for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its vaccine.

Healthcare professional holding a vaccine vial and a syringe.

Image source: Getty Images.

Novavax had hoped to file for EUA in the second quarter of 2021. However, the company revealed in its first-quarter update that the submission would slip into the third quarter. Assuming that Novavax is able to wrap up its U.S. late-stage study soon, it could potentially win EUA in the early part of the third quarter rather than later in the quarter.

Raw-material shortages have been a challenge for Novavax. But its chief commercial officer, John Trizzino, said in the Jefferies Virtual Healthcare Conference on Tuesday that the company is confident that it will be able to achieve its manufacturing goals, which include producing 100 million doses per month by the end of the third quarter and 150 million doses per month by the end of the fourth. 

Now what

Investors will have to continue waiting on Novavax's EUA filing for now. The good news is that earlier results from the company's late-stage study conducted in the U.K. were very positive and should bode well for its U.S. results. Novavax already has several major supply deals in place for its COVID-19 vaccine, including an agreement to supply 100 million doses to the U.S. 

Keith Speights has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Jefferies Financial Group Inc. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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