World A Step Closer To First Human Plasmid DNA Vaccine As Zydus Seeks EUA
COVID-19 Candidate Effective Against Delta Variant
A plasmid DNA vaccine for human use has moved a step closer to reality, with Zydus Cadila applying for an accelerated nod for its COVID-19 candidate in India. 67% efficacy reported in an interim data readout and Delta variant being the prominent strain during a Phase III trial imply better odds for approval.
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