Indian scientists from Bharat Biotech Ltd. in Hyderabad say they developed two candidate vaccines against Zika virus, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to NDTV.
“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 of Bharat Biotech Ltd.
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.
Dr Ella said in a best case scenario his company can make one million doses of the vaccine in four months.
It should be recalled that on January 26, the U.S. President Barack Obama called for the rapid development of tests, vaccines and treatments to fight the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus.
On Monday, World Health Organisation declared Zika virus a public health emergency due to the apparent link of the Zika virus to a surge in serious birth defects in South America.