A randomized study to evaluate safety and immunogenicity of the BNT162b2 COVID-19 vaccine in healthy Japanese adults

Nat Commun. 2021 Dec 14;12(1):7105. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-27316-2.

Abstract

We report interim safety and immunogenicity findings from an ongoing phase 1/2 study of BNT162b2 in healthy Japanese adults. Participants were randomized 3:1 to receive 2 intramuscular injections of 30 μg BNT162b2 or placebo 21 days apart. Overall, 160 individuals were randomized: 119 received BNT162b2, and 41 received placebo. Participants were stratified by age: 20-64 years (n = 130) and 65-85 years (n = 30). More than 97% of BNT162b2 recipients received 2 doses. Local reactions and systemic events were generally transient and mild to moderate. Severe adverse events were uncommon; there were no serious adverse events. One month after dose 2, SARS-CoV-2 50% serum neutralizing geometric mean titers were 571 and 366, and geometric mean fold rises were 55.8 and 36.6, in the younger and older age groups, respectively. In summary, BNT162b2 has an acceptable safety profile and produces a robust immune response, regardless of age, in Japanese adults. (ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT04588480).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • BNT162 Vaccine / immunology*
  • COVID-19 / immunology*
  • COVID-19 / prevention & control
  • COVID-19 Vaccines / immunology*
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunogenicity, Vaccine*
  • Injections, Intramuscular
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • SARS-CoV-2 / immunology
  • Young Adult

Substances

  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • BNT162 Vaccine

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT04588480