Thursday, 26 January 2023 13:17

Union Health Minister to launch world’s first Made-in-India COVID-19 nasal vaccine tomorrow

By Shalini BhardwajNew Delhi [India], January 25 (ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya will launch ‘iNCOVACC’, the world’s first made-in-India nasal vaccine on Thursday, official sources said.

According to the sources to ANI, 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 iNCOVACCreg;(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 iNCOVACCreg;.

The vaccine is still not available on CoWin. According to the statement issued by the company, iNCOVACCreg;i is priced at Rs 800 for private markets and priced at Rs 325 for supplies to the government of India and State Governments.

"iNCOVACCreg;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. iNCOVACCreg;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 COVAXINreg;and iNCOVACCreg;, 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 iNCOVACCreg;will be India’s first such booster dose.

On the occasion of the launch, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) ScienceTechnology; 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 will also be present. (ANI)