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Respiratory Syncytial Virus Prefusion F Subunit Vaccine: First Approval of a Maternal Vaccine to Protect Infants

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posted on 2023-10-15, 21:33 authored by Yahiya Y. Syed



Funding The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Authorship and Conflict of interest Yahiya Y. Syed is a salaried employee of Adis International Ltd/Springer Nature, and declares no relevant conflicts of interest. All authors contributed to the review and are responsible for the article content.

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Pfizer is developing a bivalent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) prefusion F subunit vaccine (RSVpreF; ABRYSVO™) for preventing RSV illness in infants and individuals aged ≥ 60 years. RSVpreF received approval for vaccination of pregnant individuals to help protect infants against RSV illness on 21 August 2023 in the USA. RSVpreF is also approved in the USA (31 May 2023) for active immunization of individuals aged ≥ 60 years for the prevention of lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD) caused by RSV. In the EU, RSVpreF has received approval for both indications, and it has been submitted for regulatory approval in Canada (both indications) and in Japan (maternal immunization to protect infants). This article summarizes the milestones in the development of RSVpreF leading to the approval for use in pregnant individuals to prevent LRTD in infants.

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