Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance Says FDA May Shut Down EUA Requests

May 28, 2021

The FDA may decline to review COVID-19 vaccine Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) requests from drugmakers who neglect to meet with the agency during product development, the agency said in a revised guidance.

The updated recommendations, which supersede previous COVID-19 vaccine guidances released in October and February, said that prioritizing EUA vaccine requests would be in effect for the “remainder of the current pandemic.”

Developers who have been consistently engaging with the FDA during development of manufacturing processes and clinical trials have the benefit of agency feedback and the FDA is “more likely to be able to confirm the validity of the clinical and manufacturing information submitted in the EUA request,” the agency said.

The FDA noted that agency officials will conduct a “stringent evaluation of product quality,” which includes determining whether manufacturing plants meet appropriate standards, in addition to examining how clinical trials were conducted and assessing the trial data’s integrity.

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