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Novavax’s COVID-19 Vaccine Covovax Gets Emergency Use Nod For Adolescents Aged 12-17 In India

Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted EUA to Covovax, a protein-based COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12-17 years

Novavax’s COVID-19 Vaccine Covovax Gets Emergency Use Nod For Adolescents Aged 12-17 In India
Covovax is the fourth COVID-19 vaccine to be authorised for adolescents aged 12 to 17 years in India
  • NVX-CoV2373 or Covovax is a protein-based COVID-19 vaccine
  • Covovax is a two-dose vaccine given intramuscularly 21 days apart
  • Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine is manufactured and marketed in India by SII

New Delhi: Novavax, Inc., a biotechnology company on Tuesday (March 22) announced that the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for its protein-based COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 17 years in India. Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine is known as NVX-CoV2373 and is manufactured and marketed in India by the Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd. (SII) under the brand name Covovax. As per the company, it is the first protein-based vaccine authorised for use in this age group in India.

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In an official statement issued by the company, Stanley C. Erck, President and Chief Executive Officer, Novavax said,

We’re proud of this first approval in adolescents given the efficacy and safety that our data show in this population, and that our COVID-19 vaccine will provide an alternative protein-based vaccine option for individuals 12 years of age and older in India. We hope that this authorization of our COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents is the first of many worldwide so that families have an additional choice built on a well-understood platform used in other vaccines for decades.

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A Phase 2/3, observer-blinded, randomised, controlled study in a total of 460 Indian adolescents aged 2 to 17 years was conducted to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of Covovax. The study demonstrated that Covovax was well-tolerated with a reassuring safety profile, the company said in a statement.

Furthermore, the data indicated that Covovax is immunogenic in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years. The authorisation in India also references the ongoing PREVENT-19 pivotal Phase 3 pediatric expansion trial of NVX-CoV2373 in adolescents in the U.S. aged 12 to 17, results of which were shared in February, the statement read.

PREVENT-19 pivotal Phase 3 trial demonstrated 80 per cent efficacy overall at a time when the Delta variant was the predominant circulating strain in the U.S. The study enrolled 2,247 adolescents aged 12 to 17 years across 73 sites in the U.S. to evaluate the safety, effectiveness (immunogenicity), and efficacy. Important to note, NVX-CoV2373 has not yet been authorised for use in the U.S. by the U.S. FDA.

Five Things To Know About NVX-CoV2373 Or Covovax

  1.  NVX-CoV2373 is a protein-based vaccine engineered from the genetic sequence of the first strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.
  2. NVX-CoV2373 contains purified protein antigen and can neither replicate, nor can it cause COVID-19.
  3. Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine is packaged as a ready-to-use liquid formulation in a vial containing ten doses. The vaccination regimen calls for two 0.5 ml doses given intramuscularly 21 days apart.
  4. The vaccine is stored at 2°- 8° Celsius, enabling the use of existing vaccine supply and cold chain channels.
  5. The most common adverse reactions observed during clinical studies were headache, nausea or vomiting, myalgia, arthralgia, injection site tenderness/pain, fatigue, and malaise.

Also Read: Expansion Of Vaccination Drive To Include Minors Does Not Pose Safety Risk To Recipients, Government Tells Supreme Court

In December 2021, DCGI had authorised Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 18 years and above.

Covovax is the fourth COVID-19 vaccine to be authorised for adolescents aged 12 years and older in India after Biological E’s Corbevax, Zydus Cadila’s ZyCoV-D and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.

On March 16, India expanded its COVID-19 vaccination coverage by starting vaccination for children aged 12 to 14 years. According to the guidelines released by the Centre, only the Corbevax vaccine would be used for the beneficiaries of this age group. Two doses of Biological E’s intramuscular vaccine Corbevax would be administered to the beneficiaries in the 12-14 years age group at an interval of 28 days, the guidelines said.

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