TESTIMONY. Covid-19: The Novavax Vaccine Candidate Path, Still Difficult to Access

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A number of vaccination candidates have rejected products that use the respective RNA message technology. The arrival in France in February of Nuvaxovid, a recombinant protein vaccine, was supposed to make the cards count. However, access to this vaccine remains difficult for many patients.

In her words, she went through a real “fighter’s journey.” Brigitte *, 70, was waiting for the Nuvaxovid vaccine (from the American Novavax Laboratory). Pfizer, Moderna… This resident of Saint-Juéry, in the Tarn, doesn’t want it. She refuses any vaccine that works on the messenger RNA. “I’ve been fighting the areas for almost 17 years, and I suspect this technology is reactivating the disease,” he said.

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Brigitte was therefore looking forward to the release of new recombinant protein vaccines: a more classic technology that involves injecting a virus-specific protein (Spike protein) into the body’s cells to stimulate the immune system. The first protein vaccine did not arrive in France until the end of February. get vaccinated, ”says Brigitte.

A vaccine absent from pharmacies?

La Tarnaise is taking it patiently, and will meet on March 12 in five vaccination centers for the first dose. A few days later, the vaccination centers close their doors one by one. Brigitte is trying to get her second from a pharmacist: “None of them offered Novavax,” laments La Tarnaise. Is the protein vaccine inaccessible in pharmacies?

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“We have too few requests for this vaccine,” said Philippe Besset, president of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Trade Unions of France (FSPF), of La Dépêche du Midi. “If we open a 10-dose bottle of vaccine for one person, we throw away nine. It is annoying and it can cost the company dearly, ”continues the pharmacist who works in Limoux (Aude). On April 8, after being forced to cancel a series of appointments, Brigitte was finally invited to visit the only vaccination center still open in the Tarn, 60 km from her home. “I regret the lack of communication on the closure of vaccination centers and these new vaccines,” laments the septuagenarian.

His journey as a fighter does not end there. In a few months, the Tarnaise will be required to perform a booster injection. Problem: Only RNA messenger vaccines using the technology are allowed as a “33 dose”: , maintains Brigitte. I didn’t wait that long to finally get back on a vaccine that I refused. »

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For his part, the chairman of the Strategic Vaccination Guidance Council states that the Novavax laboratory must provide a number of documents attesting to the effectiveness of the vaccine son in a context of vaccine recall: “semaines qui vién”, says the professor.

Where to get vaccinated with Nuvaxovid?

Le Nuvaxovid, without messenger RNA, is the 5th vaccine to be authorized in France. The Novavax vaccine is available in several vaccination centers in mainland France. L’Occitanie has already ordered almost 42,000 doses and is likely to receive an injection in various hospitals and vaccination centers in metropolitan areas in the region, after the URPS in Occitanie. In the city, you should contact a healthcare professional directly to find out if this vaccine can be ordered.

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