The Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Bharat Biotech have announced the development of a rotavirus vaccine that will be sold at $1 per dose, once approved. Results from a Phase III clinical trial showed that the ROTAVAC® vaccine decreased the incidence of severe rotavirus diarrhoea by 56% during the first year of life, and the protection conferred by the vaccine also continued into the second year of life. The clinical trial enrolled 6,799 infants across three sites in India.
The vaccine’s development resulted from a unique partnership between Indian and international researchers, with partners including DBT, Bharat Biotech, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Stanford University School of Medicine, and PATH.
Rotavirus graphic courtesy of Russell Kightley Media