India develops world's first Zika virus vaccine

World's first vaccine for Zika , developed in India. In a medical breakthrough, scientists at a Hyderabad lab claimed to have developed the world's first vaccine against the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil and is rapidly spreading in the Americas.
 when international companies are still involved in the initial research on the virus, Bharat Biotech Inc. in Hyderabad says it has patented the Zika vaccine.

This might be the biggest breakthrough against the Zika virus so far.  What is more interesting is that they claim to have developed two such vaccines.Using a live Zika virus imported officially, the Hyderabad company has now developed two candidate vaccines, but taking them through animal and human trials could be a long haul. Dr Ella said he had sought the government's support on this and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)has stepped forward to help.

(Ndtv Report)

Dr Ella said in a best case scenario his company can make one million doses of the vaccine in four months. He has sought the direct intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that the vaccine's development and delivery is fast-tracked, cutting through the red tape of regulatory clearances, pointing out that the vaccine can help countries such as Brazil, a fellow member of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group.  

"We have just been informed about the Zika vaccine candidate that Bharat Biotech has. We will examine it from the scientific point of view and see the feasibility of taking it forward. It is a good example of a Make in India product," said Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, pediatrician and Director General, ICMR.  
Experts have lauded Bharat Biotech's foresight  in working on a vaccine so far ahead on a neglected disease that has now taken global epidemic proportions.

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