- Covaxin booster dose generated robust neutralizing antibody against both Omicron, Delta variants
- 100% of test serum samples showed neutralization of Delta, more than 90% of serum samples in Omicron
- Covaxin is a viable option in this continuously evolving pandemic
Covaxin ( BBV152) booster, India's indigenous vaccine, has shown that it can neutralize both Omicron and Delta variants of SARS-CoV-2, jab maker Bharat Biotech informed on Wednesday.
Bharat Biotech, a global leader in vaccine innovation and developer of vaccines for infectious diseases, on Wednesday announced results from a study conducted at Emory University demonstrating that sera from subjects who received a booster dose of Covaxin (BBV152) six months after getting a primary two-dose series of Covaxin, neutralized the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron and Delta variants.
Earlier studies demonstrated the neutralizing potential of Covaxin against SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern Alpha, Beta, Delta, Zeta and Kappa. The study will be published on the pre-print server, medRXiv, shortly.
Sera samples from individuals who received a booster of Covaxin were observed to be effective in neutralizing Omicron and Delta variants on a live virus neutralization assay.
The neutralization activity of Covaxin-boosted sera was comparable to what has been observed in mRNA vaccine-boosted sera against the Omicron variant. More than 90% of all individuals boosted with Covaxin showed neutralizing antibodies. All participants received an initial two-dose schedule of Covaxin at Day 0 and Day 28.
“As the dominant COVID-19 variant throughout the world, Omicron poses a serious public health concern,” said Mehul Suthar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Emory Vaccine Center and who led the laboratory analysis.
“Data from this preliminary analysis show individuals receiving a booster dose of COVAXIN®️ have a significant immune response to both the Omicron and Delta variants. These findings suggest that a booster dose has the potential to reduce disease severity and hospitalizations.”
Dr. Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech said, “We are in a continuous state of innovation and product development for Covaxin. The positive neutralization responses against the Omicron and Delta variants, validates our hypothesis of a multi-epitope vaccine generating both humoral and cell mediated immune responses. Our goals of developing a global vaccine against COVID-19 have been achieved with the use of Covaxin as a universal vaccine for adults and children.”
“The global impact of Omicron shows us that the fight against COVID-19 continues, and we’re encouraged that these data demonstrate the value of Covaxin as a primary and booster vaccine,” said Dr. Shankar Musunuri, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, Ocugen, Inc.
“These results show how a broad-spectrum vaccine has the potential ability to address ever-shifting public health challenges such as new variants and mutations.”
Covaxin is formulated uniquely such that the same dosage can be administered to adults and children alike.
Covaxin is a ready-to-use, liquid vaccine, stored at 2 - 8°C, with 12 months shelf life and multi-dose vial policy. The same doses of vaccine can also be used for two-dose primary immunization in adults and children and for booster dose vaccinations, making it truly a universal vaccine.