Bharat Biotech’s intranasal Covid-19 vaccine candidate is expected to enter the Phase II portion of a Phase II/III study within the next few weeks. BBV154 marks the second vaccine against the novel coronavirus developed by the India-based company.

Bharat Biotech’s a two-dose, injectable Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin is authorized in India for ages 12 and up. The company is moving forward with a second vaccine against the novel coronavirus with a different mode of administration. 

Indian vaccine maker Bharat Biotech’s nasal Covid-19 vaccine candidate received regulatory approval for mid-stage to late-stage trials, the government’s ministry of science and technology said in a statement on Aug. 13.

Ocugen had to change the Pennsylvania-based eye disease company’s application for the Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin from an Emergency Use Authorization to a full Biologics License Application (BLA) approval. 

As a massive Covid-19 surge continues to rage on throughout India, scientists and public health officials scramble to determine whether currently authorized vaccines in the country can provide a mitigation effect to this unprecedented spread. A new study published online has provided some hope, with researchers suggesting that the Covaxin vaccine – developed by Bharat Biotech and Pennsylvania-based Ocugen – could neutralize the SARS-CoV-2 variant leading the second wave in India.