Novavax does not need to wait for a seed virus. They can start work on a vaccine, if they choose, with genetic sequences downloaded from the web. According to this article---------
the info was available 2 weeks ago.
"Webby and others have already started work on an H7N9 vaccine using so-called "reverse
engineering " — starting from the virus's gene sequences, posted by the Chinese on the Internet two weeks ago." Even if NVAX were not commisioned, formally or informally, it would only make sense for them to start, even if it meant taking resources away from other projects. When potentially dire circumstances present themselves, for them not to prepare as quickly as possible would be just about unthinkable. This is exactly the kind of situation that can reveal their potential advantages as a company.
Just to be clear... Wiley, are you saying Fierce Vaccines is wrong? (NVAX/VLP doesn't need a seed virus).
Or... is it just a matter of Semantics here? Not technically a "Virus Seed/Seed Virus" but a "VLP Seed"?
I do appreciate your knowledge & insights... just asking.
From Fierce Vaccines...
Novavax can produce vaccines sooner than traditional makers, because they don't have to wait for the CDC to create the seed virus. As soon as the genetic sequence for this year's strains are published, Novavax can synthesize the genes and inject them into insect cells without waiting for the seed virus.
I suspect they already have, and you'll see an announcement on Tuesday to coincide with the World Vaccine Expo start. Novavax have a 3 year contract with BARDA (Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority of The Department of Health) for development of vaccines for seasonal influenza and Pandemic Viruses. Just google it.