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French health authority advises against use of Valneva’s COVID-19 vaccine

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France’s Haute Autorite de Sante (HAS) public health yesterday advised the government not to use Valneva’s COVID-19 vaccine as part of its wider vaccination strategy, although two rival products should be included as booster shots.

The snub caused Valneva’s shares to fall, with Valneva down by around one per cent during the late morning trading session in Paris.

The HAS body recommended Sanofi and GSK’s Beta and Novavax’s Nuvaxovid shots to boost the vaccination of people who can not be given bivalent mRNA vaccines which shall remain the first choice, it said.

“However, the HAS does not include the use of Valneva’s VLA2001 vaccine in the current primary vaccination strategy”, it added.

Valneva, whose shares have been volatile in recent months, has won regulatory approval in the European Union (EU) and some other countries for its first-generation COVID-19 vaccine, but was recently forced to cut its financial guidance and slash jobs in light of low order levels.

“There are no clinical efficacy or immunological data about the current variants. Therefore, it has not been retained for the time being,” Elisabeth Bouvet, President, Vaccination Department, HAS, told a news conference.

Edits by EP News Bureau

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