India has Proved itself again by Preparing the First Vaccine for Zika Virus
Zika virus, a member of the virus family Flaviviridae and the genus Flavivirus. Its vector is a daytime active Aedes mosquito for example A.aegypti. The virus got its name from the Zika forest in Uganda where it was first isolated in 1947.
Recently scientists from Hyderabad has claimed that they have made world’s first ever vaccine for the deadly virus Zika. In fact, they claim to have two vaccines for the virus.
The World Health Organisation WHO has declared Zika suspected link to birth defects. More than 20 countries in Latin America have reported an outbreak and a rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex has been reported in Texas, USA.
As the world searches for a vaccine and other global companies take first steps on research, the Bharat Biotech International Limited in Hyderabad says it has patented the Zika vaccine.
“On Zika, we are probably the first vaccine company in the world to file a vaccine candidate patent about nine months ago,” said Dr. Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharat Biotech Ltd.
A live Zika virus was imported officialy working on which the Hyderabad based company developed two vaccines. The vaccine has to go through the human and animal trials which could take a large amount of time. 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.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General, ICMR said”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,”.
Dr Ella said in a best case scenario his company can make one million doses of the vaccine in four months!