FDA Approves GSK's Measles Vaccine

  • The FDA has approved GSK Plc's GSK Priorix vaccine to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) in those aged one year and above.
  • The vaccine can be given in two doses. It may also be administered as a second shot to previously vaccinated individuals with the first dose of another MMR-containing vaccine.
  • According to a government study released last month, child vaccination rates in the U.S. fell during the COVID-19 pandemic as many children skipped doctor appointments and states eased vaccine requirements during remote learning.
  • "We're proud to make Priorix available in the U.S. for the first time, adding a choice for providers to help protect patients against these highly-contagious diseases," GSK Head of U.S. Vaccines Judy Stewart said.
  • In recent years, measles outbreaks have occurred globally, with more than 400,000 cases confirmed in 2019.
  • Priorix, Priorix Tetra, and chickenpox vaccine Varilrix contributed £260 million to GSK's vaccine turnover in 2021.
  • Price Action: GSK shares are up 1.22% at $43.24 during the premarket session on the last check Monday.
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