Pneumococcal Polysaccharide conjugate vaccine gets DCGI nod

First fully indigenously developed pneumonia vaccine

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Market approval for first indigenously developed Pneumococcal Polysaccharide conjugate vaccine given by DCGI. Photo - Seruminstituteofindia

Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given approval to the first fully indigenously developed Pneumococcal Polysaccharide conjugate vaccine. This vaccine has been developed by Serum Institute of India, Pune. Serum Institute first obtained the approval of DCGI to conduct Phase I, Phase II and Phase III clinical trials of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide conjugate vaccine in India. These trials have since been concluded within the country. The said company has also conducted these clinical trials in Gambia.

Thereafter, the company applied for approval and permission to manufacture this vaccine. The application and clinical trial data have been reviewed by the Office of Drug Controller General of India with the help of Special Expert Committee (SEC) for vaccines. The committee recommended for grant of permission of market authorization to the said vaccine. On 14 July 2020, Serum Institute of India has been granted permission to manufacture domestically developed first Pneumococcal Polysaccharide conjugate vaccine. This is the first indigenously developed vaccine in the field of pneumonia. Licensed importers substantially met earlier the demand of such vaccine in the country since the manufacturers were all vaccine companies based outside India.

This vaccine is used for active immunization against invasive disease and pneumonia caused by “Streptococcus pneumonia” in infants. The vaccine is administered intramuscularly.

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