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Hyderabad lab claims breakthrough in developing Zika vaccine

Bharat Biotech have two candidate vaccines in development. One of them is an inactivated vaccine that has reached the stage of pre-clinical testing in animals.

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Published: February 3, 2016 4:05 pm
Zika virus, zika vaccine, zika virus vaccine A blood samples from pregnant women are analyzed for the presence of the Zika virus, at Guatemalan Social Security maternity hospital in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.

Bharat Biotech, a city-based vaccines and bio-therapeutic manufacturer, today claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in developing a vaccine to fight the dreaded mosquito-borne Zika virus, which causes serious birth defects in children.

Bharat Biotech is home to some of the most brilliant minds in the world and began work on the Zika virus a year ago, Krishna Ella, CMD Bharat Biotech, said here.

“We believe we have an early mover advantage in developing the Zikavac and we are probably the first in the world to file for global patent for Zika vaccine candidates.


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“We have two candidate vaccines in development. One of them is an inactivated vaccine that has reached the stage of
pre-clinical testing in animals,” Ella said. Quoting a WHO report, he said Zika is now present in 23 countries and Brazil, the hardest-hit country, has reported around 3,530 cases of the devastating birth defect, called microcephaly, in 2015 that are strongly suspected to be related to Zika.

“We hope to announce the arrival of Zikavac to the world as early as possible,” he said. Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, which can breed in a pool of water as small as a bottle cap and usually bite during the day. The mosquito-transmitted infection is related to Dengue, Yellow Fever and West Nile virus.

“Considering that women of child-bearing age and pregnant women are the prime target group for Zika virus vaccine, we consider safety as the overriding factor in development of a new vaccine for this virus. The vaccine methods developed early on, before the devastating consequences of the epidemics in Brazil came to light provided us a push to accelerate vaccine development,” Dr Sumathy, Director, R&D, Bharat Biotech said.

Currently, the vaccine maker is focusing towards scale up and characterization of the vaccine product, Ella further said.

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  1. J
    Feb 3, 2016 at 2:09 pm
    Reminded of the good old saying, Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread
    1. H
      Feb 3, 2016 at 12:50 pm
      Exploiting, taking leverage and riding with the waves of a global problem. Very brahminion way. Chanakyan way. India is a land that voluntarily killed 1000s of babies with PENTAVALENT KILLER VACCINES after duely bribing every THIEF minister, Health minister in the country through Indian Medical Council.
      1. A
        Feb 3, 2016 at 11:47 am
        Wonderful news. Let the lab guys file for strict patents and for a change, the country leads in health care
        1. A
          Feb 3, 2016 at 1:56 pm
          FAKE IN INDIA. Modi's favourite bluff.
          1. A
            Feb 3, 2016 at 1:54 pm
            Where did they get the mosquitoes from. Imported from brazil? Or the virus? Imported in sealed test tubes? As far as India goes, no zika infection has been detected.
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