July 15, 2020 / 3:54 AM / a month ago

Zydus begins human trials for potential COVID-19 vaccine

FILE PHOTO: A small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine" sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed "Coronavirus COVID-19" words in this illustration taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

BENGALURU (Reuters) - Indian pharmaceutical company Zydus said on Wednesday it has started human studies for its potential COVID-19 vaccine, as coronavirus infections continue to surge in the world’s third worst-hit nation.

ZyCoV-D, its plasmid DNA vaccine, was found to be safe, immunogenic and well-tolerated in the pre-clinical toxicity studies, Zydus said here

In the human trials, Zydus will enrol over 1,000 subjects across multiple clinical study sites in India.

Reporting by Chandini Monnappa in Bengaluru, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips

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