Covaxin protects against mutated Coronavirus
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Covaxin protects against mutated Coronavirus

December 30, 2020

Hyderabad: Covaxin, a vaccine candidate being developed by Bharat Biotech for COVID-19, can offer protection against mutations of Coronavirus, said Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director of the city-based vaccine maker, on Tuesday.

He also said the company had approached regulatory authorities seeking approval for an emergency license to use the vaccine, developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Institute of Virology and now undergoing phase 3 trials.

“It (Coronavirus) is expected to have a lot of mutation and you can be rest assured this vaccine will also protect against that (mutated) virus because of two hypotheses… So you have these two components in the inactivated vaccine. It will also take care of those mutations,” Ella said during a virtual programme organised by CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology.

Replying to a question on the new strain of Coronavirus that was detected in the United Kingdom recently, Ella said mutation was not unexpected and the virus mutates on its own to reach more number of people as it is a non-living organism. “ Covaxin, now undergoing Phase 3 trials involving about 20,000 volunteers, balances both safety and efficacy”, he added.


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