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Health Canada initiates review of the first Canadian-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate

by CM Staff   

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Medicago has received regulatory approval to launch the Phase 3 portion of its Phase 2/3 clinical development in Canada, USA, UK and Brazil.

QUEBEC CITY — Medicago, a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Quebec City announced that Health Canada received for review the first portion of Medicago’s plant-derived adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine candidate rolling submission on April 19, 2021.

The Interim Order (IO) rolling submission allows Medicago to submit nonclinical sections, quality and clinical safety, and efficacy information as they become available for Health Canada’s immediate review to accelerate the overall review process. Health Canada will not decide on whether to authorize any vaccine being considered under the IO rolling review until it has received the complete evidence to support the risk/benefit decision based on safety, efficacy and quality of the COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

“Health Canada’s decision to accept for review the IO rolling submission for Medicago’s vaccine, the first Canadian-based COVID-19 vaccine submission, meets an important milestone.,” said Carolyn Finkle, Chief Operating Officer of Medicago. “We are grateful to Health Canada and look forward to continuing to work with them as they move forward with review of our COVID-19 vaccine IO rolling submission.”

In parallel with the review of the rolling submission, Medicago is conducting the Phase 3 trial. The last portion of the IO rolling submission will be filed after the COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and safety endpoint of the Phase 3 trial is reached.


“We are pleased with the interactions with the Canadian regulatory authority, and we appreciate their guidance and confidence in Medicago to pursue the IO rolling submission in Canada for our adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine candidate” said Judith Atkins, Vice-President Regulatory Affairs at Medicago.

Medicago has received regulatory approval to launch the Phase 3 portion of its Phase 2/3 clinical development in Canada, USA, UK and Brazil.

The Phase 3 portion of the study is an event-driven, randomized, observer-blinded, placebo-controlled, two-way cross-over design that will evaluate the efficacy and safety of the adjuvanted CoVLP formulation, compared to placebo. The study will enroll up to 30,000 subjects initially composed of healthy adults (18y to 65y), followed by elderly adults (65y+) and adults with comorbidities. The trial will take place in 10 countries pending regulatory approvals, starting with Canada, the USA, the UK, and Brazil enrolling males and females from ethnically and racially diverse populations.


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