Daiichi Sankyo initiates phase 3 trial of mRNA based covid vaccine

The trial is an active-controlled, trial to investigate the non-inferiority of DS-5670 to an already-approved mRNA vaccine

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New Delhi: Daiichi Sankyo has initiated a phase 3 trial of DS-5670, an mRNA vaccine against the novel coronavirus infectious disease (COVID-19), in healthy unvaccinated adults.
The trial is an active-controlled, trial to investigate the non-inferiority of DS-5670 to an already-approved mRNA vaccine (Comirnaty) in terms of immunogenicity and seroconversion rate1 in 322 healthy adults in Japan who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine or been infected with the novel coronavirus.
As a Japanese pharmaceutical company with specialty in developing vaccines, Daiichi Sankyo is proceeding with the development of DS-5670 and will continue consultation with regulatory authorities to deliver a domestically produced mRNA vaccine to people in Japan as soon as possible.
DS-5670 is an mRNA vaccine against COVID-19 using a cationic lipid discovered by Daiichi Sankyo, designed to produce antibodies against the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the spike protein of the novel coronavirus, and thus expected to have desirable efficacy and safety. In addition, DS-5670 in animal models induced neutralizing activities against the omicron variant to a certain extent following the initial vaccination.
The clinical development of DS-5670 is being conducted through “Vaccine development project” promoted by the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) and “Urgent improvement project for vaccine manufacturing systems” supported by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW).