Bharat Biotech gets DCGI nod to test COVID-19 vaccine as a booster shot

New DelhiHyderabad-based vaccine maker Bharat Biotech on Wednesday got in-principle approval from the country’s drug regulator to test a COVID-19 vaccine as a booster shot. According to news agency ANI, India’s drug regulator DCGI on Wednesday approved Bharat Biotech’s late-stage trial of its nasal COVID-19 vaccine to be used as a booster shot. As per reports, the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) of DCGI has given in-principle approval to Bharat Biotech to conduct the Phase III Efficacy Study and Phase III Booster Dose Study for its Intranasal COVID Vaccine. ( booster dose )

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Omicron Affected States Maharashtra and Delhi

DCGI has also directed the vaccine manufacturer to submit the protocol for approval. The Covaxin manufacturer has previously proposed a booster dose for people who have already been vaccinated against COVID with the Covishield and Covaxin vaccines. Bharat Biotech aims to conduct clinical trials on 5,000 subjects (50 percent with Covishield and vaccination with 50 percent Covaxin). This comes at a time when 243 new cases of highly transmissible COVID type Omicron have been detected in the last 24 hours, taking India’s tally to 2,135. Of these, 828 people have so far recovered from the new strain. With this new version, Maharashtra and Delhi remain the most affected states.

Omicron infection so far in 24 states and ..( booster dose )

Maharashtra tops the list with 653 such cases among the states and union territories (UTs) that have reported omicron infections so far. Out of them, 259 patients have been discharged as per the Health Ministry data on Wednesday. The state alone has reported 85 new omicron cases in the last 24 hours. With 82 cases of Omicron type being detected in the last 24 hours, Delhi’s tally has reached 464. The national capital has the second highest number of cases of Omicron infection. However, 57 of them have been discharged from the hospital. Delhi is followed by Kerala with 185 omicron cases. The Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday morning that the Omicron infection has so far spread in 24 states and union territories. ( booster dose )

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