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Bharat Biotech's nasal Covid booster dose gets DCGI approval for Phase III trial

Bharat Biotech aims to conduct clinical trials on 5,000 subjects (50 per cent vaccinated with Covishield and 50 per cent vaccinated with Covaxin).  

India TV News Desk Written by: India TV News Desk
New Delhi Published on: January 05, 2022 12:46 IST
A medic prepares the dose of Covaxin vaccine for a
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A medic prepares the dose of Covaxin vaccine for a beneficiary during a countrywide inoculation drive against COVID-19.

DCGI's Subject Expert Committee (SEC) has granted 'in principle' approval to Bharat Biotech for the conduct of 'Phase III superiority study and Phase III booster dose study' for its intranasal COVID vaccine and has asked it to submit protocols for approval, according to news agency ANI.

According to reports, the Hyderabad-based biotechnology company had earlier proposed that its nasal vaccine can be used as a booster dose for those who have already been inoculated with Covaxin or Covishield vaccines against coronavirus. 

Bharat Biotech aims to conduct clinical trials on 5,000 subjects (50 per cent vaccinated with Covishield and 50 per cent vaccinated with Covaxin).

The interval between the second dose and booster dose will be six months, sources have told. According to the sources, India is expected to get an Intranasal booster vaccine in March, after timely conduction of trials.

The government had recently approved Serum Institute of India's vaccine Covovax, Biological E's jab Corbevax and anti-Covid pill Molnupiravir  expanding India's basket of COVID-19 vaccines.

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