COVID-19News

CEPI to help fund Biological E’s COVID-19 vaccine

CEPI will contribute an initial amount of up to $5 million and will consider providing more funding to help produce 100 million doses of the potential vaccine next year

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) will help fund the production of a COVID-19 vaccine by Biological E, the global epidemic response group said.

CEPI will contribute an initial amount of up to $5 million and will consider providing more funding to help produce 100 million doses of the potential vaccine next year, the group and Biological E said in a joint statement.

The Hyderabad-based company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate is currently in early- to mid-stage trials, with plans to start late-stage trials in April.

Indian health authorities expect to begin a vaccination drive for some 300 million people early next month in the country that accounts for the world’s second-highest coronavirus infections at about 10.22 million but have seen a decline in daily cases since a peak in September.

“(Biological E.’s) vaccine candidate has the potential to be produced at scale, and characteristics which could make it suitable for broad distribution in developing countries,” said Richard Hatchett, CEO, CEPI.

Norway-based CEPI, along with the GAVI vaccine alliance and the World Health Organization, leads the COVAX alliance that aims to secure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines for poor countries. CEPI is backed by 14 governments, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Britain’s Wellcome Trust.

The Indian government is expected to give emergency use approval for a COVID-19 vaccine made by Oxford University and AstraZeneca within days.

Local regulators are also considering similar approvals for the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine and another developed by India’s Bharat Biotech.

Reuters

Support us in our endeavor to bring you Advertisement free content.
Choose your options to donate or subscribe.

Tags

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Back to top button
IndiaMedToday
Close
Close