India’s first mRNA vax technology has been developed to cope with the corona test | India News


HYDERABAD: The Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has developed India’s first indigenous mRNA vaccine technology for Covid-19. The vaccine technology, which is 90% effective against Covid-19 in the mouse model, can also be used to fight other infectious diseases like malaria, dengue and tuberculosis once the pandemic is over.
The new mRNA vaccine candidate is in a preclinical study stage where the effectiveness of the technology will be tested against infection with the new live coronavirus.
Although there are mRNA (messenger RNA) vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna to prevent Covid-19, CCMB’s mRNA vaccine technology is entirely indigenous and was developed without any external scientific assistance. Also, it is different from the technology used in the mRNA vaccine by a Pune-based pharmaceutical company currently undergoing clinical trials in the country.
“The Atal Incubation Center team attached to CCMB led the development of the candidate vaccine within a year of the project’s launch,” said CCMB Director Dr. Vinay Nandicoori.
Asked if CCMB’s mRNA vaccine technology would be redundant once the pandemic is over, Dr Vinay said the vaccine platform could also be used for the prevention of several infections in the country.

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