Panel Allows Bharat Biotech To Give 3rd Dose Of Covaxin In Trial: Report
The expert panel of India’s drug regulator DCGI has allowed Bharat Biotech to give a third dose of Covaxin to a few volunteers in its clinical trials of the COVID-19 vaccine, sources said.
Bharat Biotech presented amendments to the subject expert committee of the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) in the approved phase 2 clinical trial protocol for administration of booster dose six months after second dose.
“The firm presented amendments in the approved phase 2 clinical trial protocol for administration of booster dose after six months after second dose. After detailed deliberation, the committee recommended that the firm should conduct the booster dose study only in 6 mcg cohort and also should follow up the subjects at least for six months after the third dose,” the expert committee said.
Bharat Biotech was asked to present the details of the primary and secondary objectives and assessments to be carried out in the subjects.
“Accordingly, firm (Bharat Biotech) should submit the revised clinical trial protocol for evaluation,” the expert committee said in the meeting held on March 23.
In the meeting, Bharat Biotech presented amendments in the approved phase 3 clinical trial protocol for subjects on placebo and addition of another cohort in Brazil, which the expert committee had recommended.