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First Nasal Vaccine Developed By Bharat Biotech Gets Approval For Phase 2 And 3 Trials In India

Bharat Biotech's intranasal vaccine against Covid was found to be safe during phase 1 trials.

First Nasal Vaccine Developed By Bharat Biotech Gets Approval For Phase 2 And 3 Trials In India
This is the first of its kind COVID-19 jab to undergo human clinical trials in India | Representational image
First Nasal Vaccine Developed By Bharat Biotech Gets Approval For Phase 2 And 3 Trials In India
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2021-08-13T20:12:35+05:30

Bharat Biotech has received phase 2/3 human clinical trial nod for its nasal Covid vaccine, BBV154, the Union government informed today. Phase 1 showed that its doses were well tolerated and no serious adverse event has been reported.

As per the Department of Biotechnology, "Bharat Biotech's intranasal vaccine is the first nasal vaccine that has received the regulatory approval for phase 2/3 trials.”

Phase 1 clinical trial has been completed in age groups ranging from 18 to 60 years, it said.

The regulatory approval has been received for conducting "a Phase 2 randomised, multi-centric, Clinical Trial of Heterologus Prime-Boost Combination of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines to evaluate the immunogenicity and safety of BBV152 (COVAXIN) with BBV154 (Adenoviral Intranasal COVID-19 vaccine) in healthy volunteers".

This is the first of its kind COVID-19 jab to undergo human clinical trials in India, it said.

BBV154 is an intranasal replication-deficient chimpanzee adenovirus SARS-CoV-2 vectored vaccine.

Bharat Biotech has in-licensed technology from Washington University in St Louis, US, it said.

"The company reports that the doses of the vaccine administered to healthy volunteers in the phase I clinical trial has been well tolerated. No serious adverse events reported," the DBT said.

Previously, the vaccine was found to be safe, immunogenic and well tolerated in the pre-clinical toxicity studies. The vaccine was able to elicit high level of neutralising antibodies in animal studies, it added.

The Mission COVID Suraksha was launched to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine development efforts as part of the third stimulus package, Atmanirbhar 3.0.

The focus of this mission is to consolidate and streamline available resources towards a warpath for accelerated vaccine development in order to bring a safe, efficacious, affordable and accessible COVID-19 vaccine to the citizens at the earliest.

"The Department through Mission COVID Suraksha, is committed to development of safe and efficacious COVID-19 vaccines. Bharat Biotech’s BBV154 covid vaccine is the first intranasal vaccine being developed in the country entering into late-stage clinical trials," Renu Swarup, Secretary, DBT and Chairperson, BIRAC said.

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