This study will evaluate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of Human Cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine V160 administered in a 2-dose or 3-dose regimen in healthy seronegative women 16 to 35 years of age. Participants will receive blinded V160 on Day 1, Month 2, and Month 6 (3-dose regimen), V160 on Day 1 and Month 6 and placebo at Month 2 (2-dose regimen), or placebo on Day 1, Month 2, and Month 6, and will be followed to approximately Month 36. The primary hypothesis of the study is that administration of a 3-dose regimen of V160 will reduce the incidence of primary CMV infection compared to placebo.



Eligible Ages
Between 16 Years and 35 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

  • Healthy based on medical history and physical examination
  • Serologically confirmed to be CMV seronegative
  • Have direct exposure to young children (≤5 years of age) at home or occupationally
  • Of child bearing potential
  • Agrees to avoid becoming pregnant during the 6-month treatment period and for at least 4 weeks after the last dose of study drug by either 1) practicing abstinence from heterosexual activity, or 2) use a highly-effective method of birth control (as specified in the protocol) during heterosexual activity.

Exclusion Criteria

  • Has history of allergic reaction or anaphylactic reaction to any vaccine component that required medical intervention
  • Is currently immunocompromised or has been diagnosed as having a congenital or acquired immunodeficiency, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, lymphoma, leukemia, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, or other autoimmune condition that requires immunosuppressive medication.
  • Has a condition in which repeated venipuncture or injections pose more than minimal risk for the participant
  • A woman of childbearing potential (WOCBP) who has a positive pregnancy test at screening or within 24 hours before the first dose of study treatment
  • Has previously received a CMV vaccine
  • Had any live virus vaccine administered or scheduled to be administered in the period from 4 weeks prior to, and 4 weeks following receipt of any dose of trial vaccine
  • Had any inactivated vaccine administered or scheduled within the period from 14 days prior to, through 14 days following, any dose of trial vaccine
  • Had administration of any immune globulin or blood product within 90 days prior to injection with V160/placebo or scheduled within 30 days thereafter
  • Received systemic corticosteroids (equivalent of ≥2 mg/kg total daily dose of prednisone or ≥20 mg/d for persons weighing >10 kg) for ≥14 consecutive days and has not completed treatment at least 30 days prior to trial entry
  • Received systemic corticosteroids exceeding physiologic replacement doses (≈5 mg/d prednisone equivalent) within 14 days prior to the first vaccination (participants using inhaled, nasal, or topical steroids are considered eligible for the trial)
  • Received any anti-viral agent with proven or potential activity against CMV two weeks prior to vaccination or is likely to receive such an agent within 2 weeks after vaccination
  • Receiving or has received in the year prior to enrollment immunosuppressive therapies or other therapies used for solid organ/cell transplant, radiation therapy, immunosuppressive/cytotoxic immunotherapy, chemotherapy and other immunosuppressive therapies known to interfere with the immune response. Topical tacrolimus is allowed provided that it is not used within 2 weeks prior to, or 2 weeks following a V160 dose
  • Participated in another clinical trial in the past 4 weeks, or plans to participate in a treatment-based trial or a trial in which an invasive procedure is to be performed while enrolled in this trial
  • Plans donation of eggs at any time from signing the informed consent through 1 month after receiving the last dose of the trial V160/placebo.

Study Design

Phase 2
Study Type
Intervention Model
Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose
Double (Participant, Investigator)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
V160 3-Dose Regimen
Participants will receive V160 vaccination by intramuscular (IM) injection on Day 1, Month 2, and Month 6.
  • Biological: V160
    V160 administered as a 0.5 mL (100 Units) IM injection containing Merck aluminum phosphate adjuvant (MAPA)
V160 2-Dose Regimen
Participants will receive V160 vaccination by IM injection on Day 1 and Month 6 and placebo at Month 2.
  • Biological: V160
    V160 administered as a 0.5 mL (100 Units) IM injection containing Merck aluminum phosphate adjuvant (MAPA)
  • Drug: Placebo
    Saline solution administered as a 0.5 mL IM injection
Placebo Comparator
Participants will receive placebo by IM injection on Day 1, Month 3, and Month 6.
  • Drug: Placebo
    Saline solution administered as a 0.5 mL IM injection

More Details

Active, not recruiting
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

Study Contact


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