Valneva SE, a specialty vaccine company focused on the development and commercialization of prophylactic vaccines for infectious diseases with significant unmet medical need, announced the initiation of a further Phase 3 trial (VLA2001-304) for its inactivated, adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine candidate, VLA2001.
VLA2001-304 aims to generate data in the elderly and is also designed to potentially enable variant-bridging through immune-comparability. Data from this study are expected to complement ongoing clinical trials and support additional regulatory submissions.
VLA2001-304, which will be conducted in New Zealand, will recruit approximately 150 participants aged 56 years and older (Cohort 1) with the aim of generating additional safety and immunogenicity data in this age group following vaccination with VLA2001 (two doses 28 days apart).
Juan Carlos Jaramillo M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Valneva, said, “The fight against COVID-19 continues and it’s extremely important that we continue to gather as much data as possible in all age groups across the population. Everyone should have access to technology best suited to protect them against this virus. We have also been working on Variants of Concern as part of our continued efforts to stay ahead of the virus causing COVID-19 especially since we believe that our inactivated, whole-virus platform will be adaptable across variants. Hence we are extremely pleased to be able to invest in this very important aadditional clinical trial”.
In June 2021, Valneva announced that it had completed recruitment for VLA2001’s pivotal Phase 3 trial “Cov-Compare” (VLA2001-301) with over 4,000 randomized participants. Valneva plans to make regulatory submissions for initial approval in the fourth quarter of 2021, subject to successful Cov-Compare data.
About Valneva SE
Valneva is a specialty vaccine company focused on the development and commercialization of prophylactic vaccines for infectious diseases with significant unmet medical need. The Company takes a highly specialized and targeted approach to vaccine development, beginning with the identification of deadly and debilitating infectious diseases that lack a prophylactic vaccine solution and for which there are limited therapeutic treatment options. It then applies its deep understanding of vaccine science, including its expertise across multiple vaccine modalities, as well as its established vaccine development capabilities, to develop prophylactic vaccines to address these diseases. The Company has leveraged its expertise and capabilities both to successfully commercialize two vaccines and to rapidly advance a broad range of vaccine candidates into and through the clinic, including candidates against Lyme disease, the chikungunya virus and COVID-19.