World World's First Zika Virus Vaccine Now Ready - India Scientists



Scientists in India are claiming they have developed a vaccine for the Zika virus, Mirror UK reports.

The virus, which the World Health Organisation claims has explosive pandemic potential, affects pregnant women and their babies.

A global health emergency has been declared by the World Health Organisation following increased reports of the virus.

It has been linked to birth defects in newly-born children after pregnant women are bitten by mosquitoes and fears that the virus can also be spread by having unprotected sex.

But the world's first vaccine has now been developed by Bharat Biotech International Limited in Hyderabad, India.


Dr Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech Ltd said: "On Zika, we are probably the first vaccine company in the world to file a vaccine."

Scientists claim a patent was filed nine months ago, and that it is now ready.

Responding to the news of a vaccine being ready, the Indian Council of Medical Research's Director General Dr Soumya Swaminathan 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.

Source: Mirror UK