The State Key Laboratory of Molecular Vaccinology and Molecular Diagnostics, National Institute of Diagnostics and Vaccine Development in Infectious Diseases, Collaborative Innovation Center of Biologic Products, School of Public Health, Xiamen University, Xiamen, 361102, China. [Email]
A new HPV-16/18 bivalent vaccine expressed by the Escherichia coli has been proven to be efficacious in adult women. A randomized, immunogenicity noninferiority study of this candidate vaccine was conducted in December 2015 in China. Girls aged 9-14 years were randomized to receive 2 doses at months 0 and 6 (n=301) or 3 doses at months 0, 1 and 6 (n=304). Girls aged 15-17 years (n=149) and women aged 18-26 years (n=225) received 3 doses. The objectives included noninferiority analysis of the IgG geometric mean concentration (GMC) ratio (95% CI, lower bound>0.5) to HPV-16 and HPV-18 at month 7 in girls compared with women. In the per-protocol set, the GMC ratio of IgG was noninferior for girls aged 9-17 years receiving 3 doses compared with women (1.76 (95% CI, 1.56, 1.99) for HPV-16 and 1.93 (95% CI, 1.69, 2.21) for HPV-18) and noninferior for girls aged 9-14 years receiving 2 doses compared with women (1.45 (95% CI, 1.25, 1.62) for HPV-16 and 1.17 (95% CI, 1.02, 1.33) for HPV-18). Noninferiority was also demonstrated for neutralizing antibodies. The immunogenicity of the HPV vaccine in girls receiving 3 or 2 doses was noninferior compared with that in young adult women.