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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    Joseph
    Feb 3, 2016 at 2:09 pm
    Reminded of the good old saying, Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread
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      Hindu
      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.
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        Andy
        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
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          arc
          Feb 3, 2016 at 1:56 pm
          FAKE IN INDIA. Modi's favourite bluff.
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            arc
            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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              Kaliyug
              Feb 3, 2016 at 2:05 pm
              This is good news, do not wait for the West to certify this invention, go ahead and get your word out loud with a patent. I am confident that this will help India and the world.
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                Feb 3, 2016 at 12:06 pm
                Proud to be Indian!!!!
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                  Feb 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm
                  Congress mentality is more deadly a a disease than ''Zika''Congress never encouraged innovation but always made us to depend on foreign aid, fixed commission payments enriched themselves...
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                    ben
                    Feb 23, 2016 at 12:19 am
                    Money making scam - 1) spread fake rumor globally about Zika. 2)Industry controlled WHO promotes global vaccination 3) $30 billion is spent - goes to corrupt industry and puppets at WHO 4) make a list of all viruses that could be used to do it again 5) create a vaccine for another harmless virus and do it all again
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                          Feb 3, 2016 at 1:46 pm
                          shut up!. Because of people like, these companies have mushroomed to satify the web users, facbookers, twitter folks etc. This company should be booked under some IPC sections. US and Brazil are at hard work. The news media do not validate the authenticity by sending a scientist to verify these claims. They send out a SC/ST reservation basis hired half baked journalist to report any news to sell that nes to make money!
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