Zydus Cadila Testing Three-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine
100-150 Million Doses Could Be Available By Year-End
Zydus Cadila is to begin testing a three-dose recombinant DNA vaccine candidate in Phase III Indian trials, which might enter late-stage development ahead of Inovio and AnGes. The company promised to provide 100-150 million doses by end of 2021 at the J.P. Morgan Conference, though adherence could be a roadblock.
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A plasmid DNA vaccine for human use has moved a step closer to reality, with Zydus Cadila applying for an accelerated nod for its COVID-19 candidate in India. 67% efficacy reported in an interim data readout and Delta variant being the prominent strain during a Phase III trial imply better odds for approval.
Unless Pfizer or Moderna beat the company to it, Zydus Cadila’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate could be India’s first such jab approved for children. With superior thermostability and proposed economical pricing, it will be one to watch, though a three-dose regimen could be a dampener. Meanwhile, saroglitazar sees slow progress.
Zydus Cadila expects to launch its DNA COVID-19 vaccine in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 but it already has more advance purchase orders than it can produce. Meanwhile, the Indian firm is confident of saroglitazar being approved for primary biliary cholangitis in the US, with the NCE also poised to become the largest contributor to India sales in three to five years.