Keeping Pace with the Plague
Global regulators attend a virtual workshop on second-generation COVID-19 vaccines
Angus Stewart | | Quick Read
Regulators worldwide are pushing for the development of new and improved “second-generation” vaccines against current and future strains of COVID-19. A recent virtual workshop held by the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA) brought together leading global regulators to discuss what comes next. Participants discussed immunobridging, clinical trials, and immunity. They also touched on the authorization of second-generation vaccines and alternative approaches to demonstrate vaccine efficacy, expressing the need for alignment between regulators to respond to emerging COVID-19 variants.
The event was a follow-up to a workshop held in February 2021, which emphasized the role of data in speedily approving updated vaccines.
The participants reached a clear consensus: “Regulatory convergence is key to ensuring a consistent and timely response to emerging variants.” A full summary of the workshop and its findings is available on the ICMRA website. Another workshop will take place later this year.