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Target SARS-CoV-2
Vaccine type Virus-like particles
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Other namesVBI-2902a
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VBI-2902 is a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by Variation Biotechnologies from the United States. [1]



In early 2020, in collaboration with NRC the VBI's vaccine—VBI-2900—was developed. According to the company, they have two vaccine candidates—"enveloped virus-like particle (eVLP)". [2] VBI-2901 is a "trivalent pan-coronavirus vaccine expressing the SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV spike proteins". VBI-2902 is a "monovalent COVID-19-specific vaccine expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein". [2] By March 9, the initial Phase 1/2 study of VBI-2902 was underway. [2] VBI received CA$56 million from the federal government towards the COVID-19 vaccine development. [3] The company's CEO, Jeff Baxter, said that VBI-2902 is cheaper to produce than other vaccines.[ citation needed ]

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