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How much do you know about the company that makes Corona’s vaccine Corbevax!

Highlights

  • Trial approval for biological E. Corbevax vaccine
  • The company was established in 1953 during the Swadeshi Movement.
  • World’s largest company to make tetanus vaccine
  • The company supplies vaccines to more than 100 countries.

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For the booster dose of Corona, the Corbevax vaccine of Hyderabad-based company Biological E. Limited has got the approval for trial. The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) gave this approval to the company on Tuesday. The company plans to make 7.5 crore doses every month. The company says that from February 2022, it will produce more than 100 million vaccine doses every month.

Corbevax is India’s first indigenously developed protein sub-unit vaccine against corona pandemic. Corbevax is a recombinant protein sub-unit vaccine developed from the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the spike protein on the surface of the virus. It is combined with CpG 1018 adjuvant from Dynavax to help the body build up an immune response against the virus.

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Product of Swadeshi Movement
According to the website of Biologicals E. Ltd., the company was founded by Dr. DVK Raju in 1953 during the Swadeshi Movement. It was the first company to launch Heparin Injection in the country. Initially it used to manufacture liver extracts and anti-coagulants. In 1962, it became the first private company in the country to enter the vaccine business. From 1963 to 1968, the company produced large quantities of Sera and Vaccines. Also launched Anti Tetanus Serum.

In 2005, the company tied up with Intercell to develop a vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis. In 2013, the company’s Japanese encephalitis vaccine was approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2017, the company launched the Measles and Rubella Vaccine. In 2019, the company started commercial operations in the US. In the third quarter of the same year, the company launched its first generic product in the US.

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largest company making tetanus vaccine
The company has four strategic business units. These include Branded Formulations, Specialty Generic Injectables, Synthetic Biology and Vaccines and Biologics. The company’s Branded Formulations business is mainly in India. Presently it is one of the largest suppliers of Heparin and Noscapine based cough medicine in the country.

Apart from domestic retail marketing, the company also supplies medicines to government hospitals. The company claims that it is the largest manufacturer of tetanus vaccine in the world and the leading supplier of Pentavalent Vaccine. Also it is one of the largest supplier of Polyvalent Snake Antivenom in the country.

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Partnership with multiple agencies
Biologicals E. is one of the largest vaccine companies in the country. It partners with many healthcare agencies around the world. These include WHO, UNICEF and Pan American Health Organization. The company supplies vaccines to more than 100 countries. It has supplied more than 2 billion doses in the past decade.

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