Gaithersburg’s Novavax slashes sales forecast

Novavax has cut its sales forecast for the year on slower-than-expected sales.

Novavax is the Gaithersburg, Maryland company that developed a COVID-19 vaccine that was given emergency use approval by the Food and Drug Administration and subsequent recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month.

Novavax says it expects 2022 sales of between $2 billion and $2.3 billion, half its previous forecast. Bloomberg quotes CEO Stanley Erck as saying that the new guidance reflects an unexpected shortfall in demand for its vaccine.

The international vaccine initiative known as COVAX has backed off earlier plans to order 350 million doses of the Novavax vaccine because of an oversupply of other vaccines, Erck told Bloomberg.

Since its vaccine received its initial approvals in other countries starting in 2021, Novavax said it has delivered more than 73 million doses, 23 million of those since the start of its most recent quarter. Last month, the U.S. government also agreed to buy 3.2 million initial doses of its vaccine.

Novavax posted a quarterly loss of $510 million, compared to $352 million in the same quarter a year ago.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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