A phase I trial evaluating the safety and immunogenicity of a candidate tuberculosis vaccination regimen, ChAdOx1 85A prime - MVA85A boost in healthy UK adults

Vaccine. 2020 Jan 22;38(4):779-789. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.10.102. Epub 2019 Nov 15.


Background: This phase I trial evaluated the safety and immunogenicity of a candidate tuberculosis vaccination regimen, ChAdOx1 85A prime-MVA85A boost, previously demonstrated to be protective in animal studies, in healthy UK adults.

Methods: We enrolled 42 healthy, BCG-vaccinated adults into 4 groups: low dose Starter Group (n = 6; ChAdOx1 85A alone), high dose groups; Group A (n = 12; ChAdOx1 85A), Group B (n = 12; ChAdOx1 85A prime - MVA85A boost) or Group C (n = 12; ChAdOx1 85A - ChAdOx1 85A prime - MVA85A boost). Safety was determined by collection of solicited and unsolicited vaccine-related adverse events (AEs). Immunogenicity was measured by antigen-specific ex-vivo IFN-γ ELISpot, IgG serum ELISA, and antigen-specific intracellular IFN-γ, TNF-α, IL-2 and IL-17.

Results: AEs were mostly mild/moderate, with no Serious Adverse Events. ChAdOx1 85A induced Ag85A-specific ELISpot and intracellular cytokine CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses, which were not boosted by a second dose, but were boosted with MVA85A. Polyfunctional CD4+ T cells (IFN-γ, TNF-α and IL-2) and IFN-γ+, TNF-α+ CD8+ T cells were induced by ChAdOx1 85A and boosted by MVA85A. ChAdOx1 85A induced serum Ag85A IgG responses which were boosted by MVA85A.

Conclusion: A ChAdOx1 85A prime - MVA85A boost is well tolerated and immunogenic in healthy UK adults.

Keywords: ChAdOx1 85A; Immunogenicity; MVA85A; Safety; Tuberculosis; Vaccine.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase I
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • BCG Vaccine / administration & dosage*
  • BCG Vaccine / immunology
  • CD4-Positive T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • CD8-Positive T-Lymphocytes / immunology
  • Cytokines / immunology
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Immunization, Secondary
  • Immunogenicity, Vaccine
  • Tuberculosis / immunology
  • Tuberculosis / prevention & control*
  • Tuberculosis Vaccines / administration & dosage*
  • Tuberculosis Vaccines / adverse effects
  • Tuberculosis Vaccines / immunology
  • United Kingdom
  • Vaccination / adverse effects
  • Vaccination / methods*
  • Vaccines, DNA


  • BCG Vaccine
  • Cytokines
  • MVA 85A
  • Tuberculosis Vaccines
  • Vaccines, DNA