In a major breakthrough, scientists of Hyderabad-based lab announced that they have developed a vaccine that can annihilate the zika virus which is rampant in several countries across the world. This vaccine is considered to be first in the world. Bharat Biotech International Limited- situated at shameerpet in the genome valley in the outskirts has made this achievement. ‘Ours is the first vaccine company in the world to file a vaccine patent nearly nine months ago’ Dr Krishna Ella , Chairman and MD of Bharat Biotech said.
“ In fact we have developed two vaccines using a live Zika virus which we have imported officially. But the clinical trials both on the animal and human fronts will take a long time. We need government support and ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) has agreed to help” Mr Krishna added. ICMR has confirmed this.
Bharat Biotech has stated that it can develop one million doses of vaccine in about four months and can export to the countries like BRICS where the virus has been rampant. The company sought the intervention of Prime Minister Modi to clear off all administrative bottlenecks so that the vaccine development and production can be fast-tracked.
Zika virus can cause birth defects and can be fatal to both infants and pregnants. WHO has declared global health emergency as more than 25 Latin American and African countries have reported the outbreak.