Hyderabad: India’s first indigenously developed COVID-19 vaccine, Corbevax, has been granted an Emergency Use Listing by the World Health Organisation, the company that manufactures it in India said here on Tuesday (January 16). Corbevax is based on a protein sub-unit platform and manufactured by the pharmaceutical firm Biological E Limited in India.
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Mahima Datla, Managing Director of Biological E Ltd said:
We are pleased with the WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) because it would help us use the platform to continue developing COVID-19 vaccines as and when it starts impacting public health. We are confident that this endorsement from WHO will bolster our global fight against COVID-19.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had already approved Corbevax for restricted use in emergencies among adults, adolescents, and young children in a sequential manner from December 2021 to April 2022.
It was also approved for use as India’s first heterologous COVID-19 booster shot for adults aged 18 and above, in June 2022.
The company supplied 100 million doses of Corbevax to the central government which were then utilised in pan-India immunisation campaigns, mainly in children aged 12-14 years, the release said.
Ms Datla said that several companies that started vaccine development or manufacture during the COVID-19 pandemic exited later due to paucity of funds or lack of success. However, BE continued to remain committed to developing and providing access to high-quality and affordable vaccines globally, by constantly enlarging its portfolio of offerings, she added.
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