An Indian lab to end the Zika epidemic
Early this month, scientists of a Hyderabad-based vaccines and bio-therapeutic manufacturer, Bharat Biotech, claimed to have developed the world’s first vaccine against the Zika virus, the Zikavac.
Like Dengue, the Zika virus is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, a bottle cap with water inside is enough for them to breed in. Zika is said to cause severe developmental issues in babies born to infected mothers, one of which is microcephaly – where the head is much smaller than normal.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), the virus responsible for birth defects in thousands of newborn babies in Brazil is ‘spreading explosively’ and could end up infecting 3 to 4 million people.
With its two candidate vaccines in development, the Indian lab Bharat Biotech is the first to give the world reason to hope for an upcoming solution.
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