Can Zydus Cadila’s COVID-19 Vaccine Win First Pediatric Approval In India?
Saroglitazar PBC Filing By Early 2024
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.
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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.
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