Biological E has tied up with an unidentified company and will conduct the trials. An announcement about the partnership is likely to be made next week, people aware of the matter told ET. This will be the fourth vaccine to undergo clinical trials in India. The final phase of trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine called Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will start soon while Zydus’s candidate is undergoing phase-2 trials. The Serum Institute of India is conducting the trials for Covishield. Health minister Harsh Vardhan said a few days ago that the government hopes to administer Covid-19 vaccines to 250 million people in the country by July next year.
Biological E has also tied up with Johnson & Johnson. The US drugmaker has transferred technology to Biological E and has given it manufacturing rights for its Covid-19 vaccine, which may become available in India by mid-2021. In an earlier interview to ET, Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer of J&J, said that both companies will look at maximising output and hope to produce up to 400-500 million vaccine doses for India each year.