Japan panel recommends approval of updated Daiichi Sankyo COVID shot- Kyodo

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Daiichi Sankyo’s company logo is pictured at its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, October 20, 2023. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/ File photo Acquire Licensing Rights

TOKYO, Nov 27 (Reuters) – A Japanese health ministry panel on Monday recommended approval for an updated version of Daiichi Sankyo’s (4568.T) COVID-19 vaccine, the Kyodo news agency said.

The mRNA-based shot was initially approved as a booster in August, becoming Japan’s first home-grown shot for the coronavirus. The vaccine was updated to provide protection against the XBB.1.5 Omicron subvariant, a contingent for the health ministry to buy 1.4 million doses.

The panel’s decision paves the way for full approval by the government.

Separately, the panel recommended approval for a self-amplifying mRNA vaccine for the coronavirus that was submitted by the pharmaceuticals unit of Meiji Holdings (2269.T), Kyodo said.

Meiji in April acquired the Japanese rights to the shot, developed by San Diego-based Arcturus Therapeutics (ARCT.O).

Reporting by Rocky Swift, Editing by Louise Heavens

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