Serum to start Phase 3 trials of Covovax soon
New Delhi: The Serum Institute of India is likely to start phase 3 trials of its second Covid-19 vaccine, Covovax, which is being made in partnership...
New Delhi: The Serum Institute of India is likely to start phase 3 trials of its second Covid-19 vaccine, Covovax, which is being made in partnership with American company Novavax, by mid-May.
The Drugs Controller General of India has provided its approval to go for the next phase trials.
The Data Safety Monitoring Board has reviewed the initial safety data of 200 participants of phase-2 clinical trials of Covovax and has given its recommendation.
According to reports, Dr Abhijit Kadam, Scientist C, coordinating principal investigator from ICMR-National AIDS Research Institute of the trial, said that tentatively phase-3 should start by mid-May.
The move is part of a 1-billion-pound India-UK Enhanced Trade Partnership creating around 6,500 jobs in Britain.
"The sales office is expected to generate new business worth over USD 1 billion, 200 million pounds of which will be invested into the UK," Downing Street said. "Serum's investment will support clinical trials, research & development and possibly manufacturing of vaccines.
This will help the UK and the world to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and other deadly diseases. Serum has already started phase one trials in the UK of a one-dose nasal vaccine for coronavirus, in partnership with Codagenix INC," it added.
Meanwhile, the SII has said it will invest 240 million pounds in the UK to expand its vaccine business and set up a new sales office creating a large number of jobs.