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DBT takes initiatives to increase investments in R&D and manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccine

Neethikrishna, Mumbai
Monday, September 6, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has taken myriads of initiatives to increase investments in research & development (R&D) and manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines.

The DBT and the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) have supported Biological E.’s Covid-19 Vaccine candidate from preclinical stage to phase III clinical studies. In addition to receiving financial assistance under Mission Covid Suraksha, this vaccine candidate has also obtained a financial support under Covid-19 Research Consortia through National Biopharma Mission, BIRAC.

Biological E. has received Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approval for conducting phase III Comparator Safety & Immunogenicity trial in adults after Subject Expert Committee’s (SEC) review of phase I and II clinical trials data. Additionally, Biological E. also received approval on September 01, 2021 to initiate the phase II/III study to evaluate safety, reactogenicity, tolerability and immunogenicity of Corbevax vaccine in children and adolescents. The candidate is a RBD protein sub-unit vaccine.

“Department through Mission Covid Suraksha launched under Atma Nirbhar Bharat package 3.0 being implemented by BIRAC, is committed to development of safe and efficacious Covid-19 vaccines. We look forward to the clinical development of candidate Corbevax for paediatric and adults,” said Dr Renu Swarup, secretary, DBT and chairperson, BIRAC.

“We are delighted to receive these significant approvals from the DCGI. These approvals encourage our organisation to move forward and successfully produce our Covid-19 vaccine to meet the vaccination needs,” said Mahima Datla, managing director, Biological E. Limited. “We are grateful to BIRAC for their support and we are enthused that these approvals would help support our subsequent filings with World Health Organization (WHO) as well. We appreciate and acknowledge the contribution of all our collaborators for their continued support in this endeavour,” she further added.

The mission of Covid Suraksha Programme is one such endeavour for Covid-19 vaccine development to reinforce and streamline available resources towards a warpath for accelerated vaccine development, leading to bring in a safe, efficacious, affordable and accessible Covid-19 vaccine for the citizens at the earliest with a target of Atmanirbhar Bharat.


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