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Vaccine trials enter Phase 2 in Belagavi

Special Correspondent Belagavi 10 August 2020 01:21 IST
Updated: 10 August 2020 01:21 IST

Human trials for the second indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine have begun in Belagavi.

Belagavi-based Jeevan Rekha Hospital that is conducting the trials for COVAXIN, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Bharat Biotech Ltd., has started trials for Zydus Cadila pharmaceutical company’s ZyCoV-D vaccine. The first phase of trials for ZyCoV-D vaccine is complete. The second phase being conducted on a larger sample at Jeevan Rekha hospital.

This vaccine was found safe and well-tolerated in phase 1 of the trial. We began the second phase from Thursday, Amit Bhate, hospital director, said. Its safety and immunogenicity is tested on a larger population in the second phase, he said, and added that the immunogenicity of a vaccine is the ability of the molecule to provoke an immune response in the body.

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Zydus is the second company to get trial permission from the Drug Controller General of India.

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