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Novavax taps Japan's AGC to make ingredient in COVID-19 shot

Manufacturer produces compound for boosting vaccine candidate's effectiveness

Novavax's COVID-19 candidate vaccine is administered to a clinical trial participant in Australia in this Australian Broadcasting Corp. image. (Photo courtesy of Novavax)

TOKYO -- Chemical and materials group AGC has started producing an additive for a coronavirus vaccine candidate being developed by U.S. company Novavax, the Japanese manufacturer said Thursday.

U.S. subsidiary AGC Biologics has been contracted to produce an adjuvant, a compound that improves a vaccine's effectiveness. The agent is being manufactured at a plant in Denmark.

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