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Rabivax-S Rabies Vaccine

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May 23, 2022

Rabivax-S Rabies Vaccine Description 2022

Rabivax-S has been developed on Vero ATCC CCL81 cells using Pitman Moore (PM3218) strain. It is an inactivated vaccine that is freeze-dried until ready for immunization.

Following all the GMP requirements, the vaccine was tested in GLP toxicology studies. Further, it underwent clinical trials in preexposure and postexposure settings and was found safe and immunogenic.

Rabies vaccines like RabAvert, Rabipur, or Rabivax efficiently induce long-lasting immunity, triggering neutralizing antibodies' production, but several doses are required. Regrettably, rabies vaccination is not included in the vaccines covered by the Expanded Programme on Immunization, and they are expensive and not affordable in developing countries.

Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd. (SII) is an Indian biotechnology and biopharmaceutical company that produces Rabivax-S.

Rabivax-S Rabies Vaccine Indication

RABIVAX-S is indicated for the prevention of rabies in children and adults. It can be used before or after exposure, as a primary immunization, or as a booster dose. Rabivax is administered intramuscular and/or intra-dermal.

If an individual who has been fully immunized in the past is exposed to Rabies, the recommended PEP schedule is one dose of Rabies vaccine injected intramuscularly (1 ml) or intradermally (0.1 ml) on day 0 and day 3.

Rabivax-S Rabies Vaccine News 2017- 2022

May 20, 2022 - Improper vaccinations could re-introduce rabies into the US warned the CDC.

October 20, 2020 - An Overview of Current Uses and Future Opportunities for Computer-Assisted Design of Vaccines for Neglected Tropical Diseases.

March 3, 2017 - Study: Development of a new purified Vero cell rabies vaccine (Rabivax-S) at the Serum Institute of India Pvt Ltd.

Rabivax-S Rabies Vaccine Clinical Trials

Clinical Trial NCT03741270: Safety of Rabivax-S for Pre-exposure Prophylaxis: Last Update Posted: September 24, 2019.

People at frequent or continuous exposure to rabies virus exposure should be vaccinated against the disease (pre-exposure prophylaxis). This includes people who work with rabies virus in research or diagnostic laboratories or vaccine production facilities, veterinarians, staff, animal control, and wildlife workers in areas where rabies is endemic. Veterinary students in clinical placements and externships are included in this category. Currently, DVM students at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) are vaccinated against rabies in their 7th semester (final pre-clinical semester). Vaccinations are done by RUSVM Health Services using Rabivax-S, produced by the Serum Institute of India (study co-sponsors). Previously unvaccinated students receive three vaccine injections on days 0, 7, and 21-28. The study aims to generate additional data on the safety and tolerability of Rabivax-S administered as pre-exposure prophylaxis to this population.