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Covaxin effective against Indian and UK coronavirus strains: Bharat Biotech | India News

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NEW DELHI: Bharat Biotech said on Sunday that its Covid-19 ‘Covaxin’ vaccine has been shown to be effective against coronavirus strains found in India and the UK.
Citing a study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, the Hyderabad-based vaccine specialist noted that vaccination with Covaxin produced neutralizing titers against all the key emerging variants tested, including B.1.617 and B.1.1.7 , first identified in India and the United Kingdom, respectively.
The study was conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Virology and the Indian Council for Medical Research, he added.
“Covaxin gains international recognition once again, thanks to published scientific research data demonstrating protection against new variants. Yet another feather at its limit,” said Bharat Biotech co-founder and deputy CEO Suchitra Ella at a tweet. He also tagged PMO India, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, among others, in the tweet.
The study found a modest reduction in neutralization by a factor of 1.95 against the B.1.617 variant compared to the D614G vaccine variant, Bharat Biotech noted.
Despite this reduction, the levels of neutralizing titles with B.1.617 remain above the levels that are expected to be protective, he added.

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