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Covaxin can deal with Covid virus mutations: Bharat Biotech chief Krishna Ella

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on December 29, 2020

Krishna M Ella, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Biotech

A single-dose nasal vaccine is also being developed by the company

Even as there are increasing concerns over new strains of the Covid-19 virus, Bharat Biotech said on Tuesday that its vaccine candidate, Covaxin, will be effective in dealing with new strains.

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Observing that any virus is expected to have a “lot of mutation,” Krishna M Ella, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Biotech, said the protein components of inactive Covaxin “will take care of mutations.”

He was responding to questions after delivering the 9th Dr Manohar V N Shirodkar Memorial Lecture organised by the Telangana Academy of Sciences on Tuesday.

Public-private partnership key

Covaxin is being developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech in collaboration with ICMR and has completed phase I and II clinical trials. The phase III efficacy trials of Covaxin were in progress with 20,000 volunteers, Ella said.

A single-dose nasal vaccine for the Covid pandemic is also being developed by the company.

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In his lecture on “Innovation in Public Health - Our Journey,” Ella said there were 40,000 unknown viruses and 10,000 zoonotic viruses and there was a need to focus on neglected and unknown diseases that could become global pandemics in future.

“We can take leadership in pandemic problems and neglected diseases,” Ella said.

The public-private partnership model was instrumental in vaccine development, in inspiring research and development, funding and networking, among others, he added.

Published on December 29, 2020

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