Bharat Biotech to begin final round of trials of Covaxin next month

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Bharat Biotech is said to have received the drug regulatory authority’s approval for the final stage of testing of its coronavirus vaccine in India and is likely to start the trial next month.

The regulator’s subject expert committee met on Tuesday & approved the phase-3 trial of the company’s indigenously developed vaccine candidate Covaxin with “minor amendments” in the protocol, people familiar with the matter told ET.

Over 25,000 people are expected to enrol for the trial in India and they will be given two doses of the experimental vaccine 28 days apart. Preliminary results from the Covaxin trials have shown promising results.

“We did face minor adverse reactions in some, but overall, the preliminary results show that it is safe,” said Savita Verma, principal investigator who leads the trial at PGI Rohtak.

Covaxin is the first indigenous vaccine candidate and was developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research.