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The first step in the wrong vaccine strategy… “I should have put all my energy into Pfizer in the first place”

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Vaccine strategy continues to twist… Moderna supply disruption after storm
Proposal to use some of Samba’s consignment production in Korea

The Moderna Vaccination Hospital on the 26th of last month, when vaccinations for 55-59 years old (born 1962-1966) were started. yunhap news

The aftermath of the disruption in the supply of COVID-19 vaccines by American pharmaceutical company Moderna continues. Cases where the scheduled vaccination date overlapped with a holiday or the vaccination vacation schedule had to be changed as the quarantine authorities extended the interval between the first and second vaccinations for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to six weeks as an alternative, and the second vaccination schedule was pushed back by two weeks at once is emerging one after another. For this reason, it is pointed out that the focus should be on Pfizer vaccines with proven production and supply capabilities in the first place. In other words, the ‘various platform strategy’ introduced in the early stages of securing vaccines is becoming an obstacle to the stable supply and demand of vaccines.

According to the quarantine authorities on the 10th, the vaccination schedule was postponed by two weeks at a time, so in some cases, the first and second vaccinations were delayed up to eight weeks. Park Hye-kyung, head of the inoculation division of the Corona 19 Vaccination Promotion Team, said, “This is a temporary phenomenon that occurred while extending the two weeks in a lump. Also, as the vaccination interval has been adjusted from 3 weeks to 5 weeks, there is a possibility that some of the 580,000 faculty and staff in charge of the 3rd grade of elementary school to the 3rd grade of middle school who received the second dose after school starts may have a chance of disrupting some classes due to the vaccine vacation issue. is raised

Relying on startups with ‘various platforms’

Experts agreed, “The late entry into the competition for supply and demand for vaccines last year due to the safety problem of vaccines has always been an obstacle.” The Korean government entered the battle to secure vaccines in July of last year.

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For this reason, besides Pfizer, AstraZeneca (AZ), Moderna, and Novavax vaccines were also discussed. These companies were small compared to Pfizer, so they were criticized for having difficulties in stable development and supply. In fact, the AZ vaccine caused controversy because of a mistake in the approval process, and the age of use was limited to ‘over 50’ due to the side effect of thrombosis. For Novavax vaccine, the approval application period has been pushed back from the second quarter to the third quarter and back to the fourth quarter. There is even talk of a possibility that it may be pushed back to next year.

Regarding the Moderna vaccine, which became a problem this time, Professor Kim Woo-joo of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Korea University Guro Hospital said, “Moderna was a bio-venture company, so there was no production plant.” pointed out The battle for a vaccine for Pfizer is already fierce in the world. It is said that Korea was late to jump into the battle to secure a vaccine, but the strategy for securing it was not appropriate as a result.

“Moderna comes in 40 million episodes” … 5% for half a year

Nevertheless, the government has hoped for these vaccines. In the case of the Moderna vaccine, the Blue House announced on December 29 last year that President Moon Jae-in had a direct phone call with Moderna CEO Stefan Bansel and secured 40 million doses (20 million people) of the vaccine. Thanks to the presidential call, the introduction of the Moderna vaccine has also been moved up from the third quarter of this year to the second quarter of this year, and he emphasized that the vaccine will be available from May.

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However, in an inquiry to the National Assembly in April, Acting Prime Minister Hong Nam-ki confessed that he would not be able to come in the first half of the year, and in July, the first month of the third quarter, 1.96 million of the July shipments were delayed to August due to production disruptions. On the 30th, Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom said, “August supply of 8.5 million doses will be introduced on time.” However, on the 6th, Moderna notified of ‘August supply disruption.’ As of the 9th, only 2455,000 episodes came in. It’s been half a year, but it’s only 5%.

Samsung ViLogics is likely to propose a domestic utilization plan for some of the contracted production contract with Moderna

In response to the supply disruption, the government announced that it would send the second Vice Minister of Health and Welfare Kang Do-tae to the Moderna headquarters in the US to protest. It is known that the government’s visit to the US will propose to Moderna a plan to utilize part of the contract volume for the Moderna vaccine, which will start trial production at the end of this month, as Samsung Biologics has agreed to produce it on consignment. In this regard, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said, “Considering the stability of the vaccine supply and the efficiency of transport, it is efficient for domestic production to be supplied to Korea.”

However, it is difficult to put pressure on the company holding the vaccine in a situation where it may be necessary not only this year, but also next year and the year after.

Vaccine 2nd vaccination schedule graphic = Reporter Park Gu-won

The government also made a protest visit, saying, “The supply disruption itself is not a violation of the contract.” It is explained that the most important condition is the promise of a large frame of ‘supply of 40 million servings by 2021’. Son Yeong-rae, head of the Social Strategy Division at the Central Accident Remediation Headquarters (heavy-water version), said, “Usually, if you confirm and inform a month’s amount, it will establish an inoculation plan based on the amount, so it is very important for pharmaceutical companies to comply with the contracted amount for the operation of the inoculation plan.” “We plan to receive a promise to prevent recurrence,” he said. That would be a very limited protest.

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For this reason, some say that there is no modern or vaccine for the time being, and there is an opinion that an inoculation plan should be established. Sang-hyeok Ma, vice president of the Korean Vaccine Society, said, “The instability in the supply of Moderna vaccine will continue for a while, so the Moderna vaccine should be considered to be introduced only when it arrives at a Korean airport.

The first 2,000 new cases per day

There is no suitable alternative. Jung Eun-kyung, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), said that he would release the age limit and give young people an AZ vaccine, but experts jump. Vice Chairman Ma Sang-hyeok strongly criticized, saying, “There is no basis for retesting the AZ vaccine, which has had an age limit on it because of side effects.” The ‘first button effect’ seems to continue.

Meanwhile, according to the quarantine authorities, a total of 2,021 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed nationwide from 00:00 to 9pm on the same day. This is the highest number of confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. The number of confirmed cases in the 2,000 range is the first since the first case occurred on January 20 last year.

Park So-young reporter




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