Corbevax – UPSC Prelims

  • Corbevax is a protein-based vaccine manufactured by Biological E Ltd.
  • Spike protein production: The spike protein is grown in yeast cells.
  • Working: The subunit vaccine contains a harmless S protein. Once the immune system recognizes the protein, it produces antibodies to fight infection and is less likely to trigger adverse reactions.
  • Corbevax has been approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) based on the results of the ongoing phase II and III clinical trials. The vaccine has been approved for adults as well.
  • Details of its efficacy studies have not been made public.
  • The Centre has placed an order for over 50 million doses of vaccine at a price of ₹145/dose.
  • Biological E Ltd claims that the vaccine can be stored in ordinary refrigerators.
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