The U.S. federal government has invested $1.6b in Novavax for developing 100 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine by the beginning of 2021.
According to Novavax, its vaccine for Covid-19 contains a small part of the coronavirus called the spike protein, which sits atop the virus. The aim is to make the immune system believe the spike is the entire virus. The immune system creates a response, which would then be used to attack the real virus.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.