COVID-19 nasal vaccine launch: Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya and Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh collectively launched 'iNCOVACC', the world's first made-in-India nasal vaccine on Thursday (January 26) in the national capital.
'iNCOVACC' is Bharat Biotech’s nasal COVID-19 Made-in-India vaccine.
Who all were present:
On the occasion of the launch, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Dr Krishna Ella, Executive Chairman , Bharat Biotech and Suchitra Ellla, Joint Managing Director, Bharat Biotech were present.
What Health Minister said on the occasion:
"Launch of Incovacc today is an important milestone under AatmaNirbhar Bharat efforts, today 65 per cent vaccine for the world is contributed from India. In the global dialogue, India’s manufacturing, research and innovation capabilities are admired in the world. India will not be just known for pharmacy of the world , but will be known for research and innovation too," said Dr Mansukh Mandaviya.
According to the sources, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech's Intranasal heterologous booster dose is likely to be available in the market by February first week. Recently, Bharat Biotech announced iNCOVACC® (BBV154) as a booster dose in the country.Earlier this month, Bharat Biotech received approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) for the use of heterologous booster doses of iNCOVACC®.
Price of nasal vaccine:
The vaccine is still not available on CoWin. According to the statement issued by the company, iNCOVACC® i is priced at Rs 800 for private markets and priced at Rs 325 for supplies to the government of India and State Governments."iNCOVACC® is a recombinant replication-deficient adenovirus vectored vaccine with a pre-fusion-stabilized SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. This vaccine candidate was evaluated in phases I, II and III clinical trials with successful results. iNCOVACC® has been specifically formulated to allow intranasal delivery through nasal drops. The nasal delivery system has been designed and developed to be cost-effective in low- and middle-income countries." the statement read.
Dr Krishna Ella, Executive Chairman said; "We have achieved the goals we set for ourselves during this pandemic. We have developed COVAXIN® and iNCOVACC®, two COVID vaccines from two different platforms, with two different delivery systems. The vectored intranasal delivery platform gives us the capability for rapid product development, scale-up, easy and painless immunization during public health emergencies and pandemics. We thank the Ministry of Health, CDSCO, Dept of Biotechnology, Govt of India, Technology Development Board, and Washington University, St Louis, for their support and guidance."
As a needleless vaccination, Bharat Biotech's iNCOVACC® will be India's first such booster dose.
(With ANI inputs)
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