City-based SerumInstituteof India (SII) on Wednesday said it expects to be ready with a vaccine against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by early 2022.
SII announced that a vaccine candidate for the novel coronavirus, which has killed more than 2,000 people in China since its outbreak in December-end, is expected to progress to human trial phase within the next six months.
“The vaccine candidate, developed by SII in partnership with American biotechnology firm Codagenix, has progressed to the pre-clinical test phase (the animal trial phase) and we hope to be ready with the vaccine by early 2022,” SII CEO Adar Poonawalla said in a statement here.
“The combined efforts with the team at Codagenix have borne fruit and we hope to save millions of lives with this vaccine,” he said.
The statement said since the novel coronavirus has affected the lives of thousands of people on the planet, a preventive measure has become a necessity. “While several efforts have been made to finding a cure as well as in controlling the outbreak, this is the first vaccine-virus strain to progress to the pre-clinical trial phase,” the company said.
The vaccine-virus strain is identical to the original virus and can generate a robust immune response, Poonawalla said.