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Washington, D.C. 20549








Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 18, 2022



(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)  


Delaware   0-26770   22-2816046

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

  (Commission File Number)  

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)


21 Firstfield Road

Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

(Address of Principal Executive Offices, including Zip Code)


(240) 268-2000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading
  Name of each exchange on which
Common Stock, Par Value $0.01 per share   NVAX   The Nasdaq Global Select Market


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Item 1.02. Termination of a Material Definitive Agreement.


On November 18, 2022, Novavax, Inc. (the “Company”) delivered written notice to the Gavi Alliance (“Gavi”) to terminate, effective immediately, the Advance Purchase Agreement, dated May 5, 2021, by and between the Company and Gavi (the “APA”) on the basis of Gavi’s material breach of the APA due to Gavi’s failure to procure the purchase of 350 million doses of NVX-CoV2373 from the Company as required by Section 2.1 of the APA and Gavi’s inability to cure such failure.


The Company has not incurred any termination penalties in connection with the termination of the APA. Under the APA, the Company received a non-refundable advance payment of $350 million from Gavi in 2021 and an additional non-refundable advance payment of $350 million in 2022 related to the Company’s achieving World Health Organization Emergency Use Listing. The Company’s position is that Gavi has no right to recover any portion of these advance payments due to Gavi’s failure to meet its obligation to procure the purchase of the 350 million doses required by Section 2.1 of the APA. As of November 18, 2022, the Company had only received orders under the APA for approximately 2 million doses. 


A summary of the material terms of the APA was included in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on May 10, 2021, which is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the APA (filed as Exhibit 10.5 to the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed on August 5, 2021 and incorporated herein by reference).


Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements


This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements about the APA. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not solely historical facts and can be identified by terms such as “may,” “should,” or similar expressions. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including any potential claim by Gavi that a breach of the APA has not yet occurred and, consequently, that termination of the APA is not effective and/or that Gavi should be entitled to payments from Novavax; the inherent uncertainty in predicting the outcome of any disagreement between the Company and Gavi with respect to the APA; and those other risks listed under the heading “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in Novavax’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, in addition to the risk factors that are listed from time to time in Novavax’ Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and any subsequent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Current Report on Form 8-K and the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after this Current Report on Form 8-K.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


  Novavax, Inc.
Date: November 21, 2022 By: /s/ John A. Herrmann III
  Name: John A. Herrmann III
  Title: Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary