Pharmaceutical company Zydus Cadila announced today in a press release its ZyCoV-D plasmid DNA vaccine has cleared preclinical trials and is now approved for human testing.

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ZyCoV-D received permission from the Drug Controller General of India - CDSCO for Phase I/II clinical trials to take place in India with human subjects. The permission was granted following neutralizing antibody responses in mice, rats, guinea pigs, and rabbits during pre-clinical trials.

The Phase I/II trials are planned for July 2020 and will take place across India in 1000 subjects. The company promotes the safety of their vaccine due in large part to the "non-replicating and non-integrating plasmid carrying the gene of interest."

This news comes just days after Indian rival company Bharat Biotech made claim as the very first Indian company to bring a COVID-19 vaccine to human subjects.