The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) on Wednesday granted permission to Hyderabad-based Biological E Limited to conduct Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials for its anti-COVID shots called Corbevax on children between 5 and 18 years of age with certain conditions, sources told ANI.
The trial will be conducted in ten locations.
The permission has been given to Biological E after the recommendation from the Subject Expert Committee.
Meanwhile, Zydus Cadila's needle-free COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D has already received emergency use authorisation (EUA) to inoculate children in the age group of 12-18. It is expected to be administered from the first week of October.
The trials of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine for phases 2 & 3 for children are on, and its result is expected in September.
It is to be noted that the government has made an advance payment of Rs 1,500 crore to Biological E for 30 crore vaccines.