Takeda announces approval of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in Japan

OSAKA, Japan – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502 / NYSE: TAK) (“Takeda”) announced today that the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) has granted special approval under section 14-3 of the Pharmaceuticals and Welfare Act. medical devices for emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine, TAK-919, now known as Moderna Intramuscular Injection COVID-19 vaccine, in Japan. The approval is based on positive clinical data from Takeda’s Phase 1/2 immunogenicity and safety clinical trial of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine in Japan, which showed an immune response consistent with the results of the Moderna’s Pivotal Phase 3 COVE trial conducted in the United States. Takeda plans to begin distribution in Japan immediately.

“This is an important step in Takeda’s support for Japan’s response to the pandemic,” said Rajeev Venkayya, president of the global vaccine business unit at Takeda. “Moderna’s vaccine has demonstrated an excellent safety and efficacy profile to date, and we are delighted to make it available to the Japanese population.”

The approval is the result of a tripartite agreement announced in October 2020 with Moderna and the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) to distribute 50 million doses of TAK-919 in Japan in the first half of the year. 2021. Takeda also has entered into a collaboration with Novavax to develop, manufacture and market Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate (TAK-019) in Japan.

Takeda’s efforts to bring the COVID-19 Moderna Intramuscular Injection vaccine and Novavax vaccine candidates to Japan are supported by MHLW and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).

TAK-919 clinical trial and results

Takeda is conducting a phase 1/2 placebo-controlled study in Japan to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of two TAK-919 vaccinations 28 days apart. Takeda has entered 200 participants aged 20 and over. Each participant received either a placebo or 0.5 ml dose of TAK-919 in both vaccinations. Participants will be followed for 12 months after the second vaccination.

This interim analysis showed that the titers of binding and neutralizing antibodies were elevated 28 days after the second dose in 100% of people vaccinated with two 0.5 ml doses of TAK-919 administered at 28 days after the second dose. interval. The vaccine candidate was generally well tolerated and no significant safety concerns were reported. Takeda intends to publish additional data in a peer-reviewed journal.

About Takeda’s COVID-19 Efforts

Takeda takes a holistic approach to addressing and preventing COVID-19 today and future pandemics through multiple activities and partnerships, including, but not limited to:

  • Hyperimmunized globulin: Takeda co-founded the CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance and partnered with other leading plasma companies to evaluate a hyperimmune globulin drug in a global clinical trial. Although the data did not meet its targets, the program contributed to the scientific understanding of antibody therapy to fight the virus and highlighted the broader therapeutic value and importance of plasma to treat rare diseases.
  • Additional therapeutics: The company evaluated the activity of existing Takeda products against the COVID-19 virus and co-founded the COVID R&D Alliance. In addition, Takeda joined the CARE consortium of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), the Accelerate the partnership on therapeutic interventions and COVID-19 vaccines (ACTIV) and the COVID RED project.
  • Vaccines: Takeda has partnered with the Government of Japan, Novavax and Moderna, to help accelerate the availability of COVID-19 vaccines. We are leveraging our extensive and well-established global manufacturing and supply capabilities and building on our influenza pandemic preparedness efforts in Japan. Takeda also announced a mutual agreement with IDT Biologika GmbH (IDT) to use IDT’s three-month capacity previously reserved for Takeda’s dengue vaccine candidate to manufacture the COVID-19 single-injection vaccine developed by the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Takeda supports our partners and alliances with a common goal: to discover, develop and rapidly deliver effective treatments and vaccines against COVID-19 and to ensure preparedness for future pandemics.

Takeda’s commitment to vaccines

Vaccines prevent 2-3 million deaths each year and have transformed global public health. For the past 70 years, Takeda has provided vaccines to protect the health of the people of Japan. Today, Takeda’s global vaccine business is applying innovation to fight some of the world’s most difficult infectious diseases, such as dengue, COVID-19, Zika and norovirus. The Takeda team brings exceptional experience and a wealth of knowledge in the development, manufacture and global access of vaccines to advance a vaccine portfolio to meet some of the world’s most pressing public health needs. For more information visit www.TakedaVaccines.com.

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE: 4502 / NYSE: TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to discovering and delivering life-transforming treatments, guided by our commitment to patients, our people and the planet. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: oncology, rare genetics and hematology, neuroscience and gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted investments in R&D in plasma-derived therapies and vaccines. We are focused on developing highly innovative medicines that help make a difference in people’s lives by pushing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative research and development engine and capabilities to create a robust and varied pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving the quality of life for patients and working with our healthcare partners in approximately 80 countries. For more information visit https://www.takeda.com.

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