Pre-Launch Demand Outstrips Supply For Zydus COVID-19 Vaccine
Confident Of US Saroglitazar Approval For PBC
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.
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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.
From mRNA to subunit vaccines, Indian companies have 20 COVID-19 vaccine candidates, while three have already been approved. An August nod for Biological E could not just cut down time to immunize the country's population but also allow exports to resume.
Gilead outlines efforts to expand availability of remdesivir in India while offers for supplies from Russia, Uzbekistan are also on the table. Zydus Cadila has received accelerated approval in India for pegylated interferon alpha-2b in moderate COVID-19 infection in adults.