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India could soon have another locally developed vaccine as the deadly Covid crisis shows no signs of slowing

India could soon have its second domestically developed coronavirus vaccine even as a deadly second wave shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Drugmaker Cadila Healthcare, also known as Zydus Cadila, is conducting phase three clinical trials on 28,000 people, including those above 75 and children between ages 12 and 18, for its DNA-based vaccine candidate.

“We have completed the major recruitment for our phase three (trial),” managing director Sharvil Patel told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Thursday.

He said the company expects efficacy data from the phase three trial to come out next month after which, it would seek emergency use authorization from the Indian drug regulator in mid-May.

“On the safety and efficacy in our phase two (trials) as well as ongoing phase three, we’ve seen very good data on safety and strong data on immunogenicity, comparable to most of the other vaccines that are there,” Patel said.

A child runs past a wall mural depicting frontline Covid-19 coronavirus warriors wearing face masks along a road in New Delhi on March 21, 2021. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP) (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images)

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