New Delhi, Dec. 3 -- Bharat Biotech International on Tuesday launched a new variant of its rotavirus vaccine, Rotavac 5D, a smaller dosage form of its earlier oral immunisation shot that can be stored at a relatively higher temperature.

Available in a 0.5 ml dosage, Rotavac 5D can be stored at 2-8 degree Celsius for up to 24 months, and can be administered in five drops. Rotavac 5D is also stable at 37 degree Celsius for seven days.

In contrast, the earlier version, Rotavac is available in 2.5 ml vial per dose and has to be stored at -20 degree Celsius.

The vaccine stability, combined with its small cold chain footprint, enables its use in low resource settings and outreach programs, the company said in a release.

Rotavac 5D will be p...