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Why Novavax Stock Is Jumping Today

By Keith Speights - Oct 27, 2021 at 11:04AM

Key Points

  • Novavax filed for authorization of COVID-19 vaccine NVX-CoV2373 in the U.K.
  • The company now expects to soon complete regulatory submissions in other key markets.

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The company filed for authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine in the U.K.

What happened

Shares of Novavax ( NVAX 0.46% ) were jumping 6.1% higher as of 10:48 a.m. EDT on Wednesday after rising as much as 15.8% earlier in the morning. The nice gain came following the company's announcement that it has filed for authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine NVX-CoV2373 to the United Kingdom Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

So what

Novavax's U.K. submission is an important milestone for the company. And it's especially encouraging for investors after the company delayed its planned regulatory filings several times earlier this year.

A person wearing a white coat holding a syringe and vaccine vial in front of a U.K. flag and an image of the coronavirus.

Image source: Getty Images.

The vaccine maker has struggled in the past with manufacturing issues. However, Novavax stated that its U.K. filing included complete chemistry, manufacturing, and controls data -- a positive sign that the company thinks that it has resolved the issues.

To be sure, Novavax's submission doesn't necessarily mean that its manufacturing processes will satisfy regulators. However, CEO Stanley Erck sounded confident. He stated in the company's press release, "We look forward to MHRA's review and will be prepared to deliver vaccine doses following what we anticipate will be a positive decision." 

Now what

More positive catalysts for the vaccine stock could be on the way soon. Novavax thinks that it will complete additional regulatory filings for its COVID-19 vaccine in markets including Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand as well as to the World Health Organization "shortly following the U.K. submission." The company also anticipates submitting for U.S. Emergency Use Authorization by the end of this year.

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