COVID-19 intranasal vaccine Phase III trials over, proven safe, says Bharat Biotech

The vaccine candidate was evaluated earlier in phase I and II clinical trials with successful results. BBV154 has been specifically formulated to allow intranasal delivery.

FPJ BureauUpdated: Monday, August 15, 2022, 11:06 PM IST
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Even as Adar Poonawalla announced that a vaccine targeting the Omicron variant of Covid-19 will be available in India in the next six months, Bharat Biotech International Ltd (BBIL) on Monday said it has completed the phase-III and booster dose trials for its intranasal Covid-19 vaccine BBV154, and it has proven to be safe.

The company said it had conducted two separate trials for its intranasal Covid vaccine, one as a primary dose schedule and another as a booster dose, for subjects who have been double vaccinated with the two commonly administered Covid vaccines in India.

The data from both Phase III human clinical trials have been submitted for approval to national regulatory authorities, the company said.

“If approved, this intranasal vaccine will make it easier to deploy in mass immunisation campaigns with an easy to administer formulation and delivery device. Vectored vaccines also enable faster development of targeted vaccines in response to emerging variants of concern,” Bharat Biotech joint managing director Suchhitra K Ella said.

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