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Race against time to develop a vaccine, as Zika continues to pose threat

Though Brazil declared its zika health emergency over, the race for a vaccine against the mosquito-transmitted disease is continuing. In India, vaccine major Bharat Biotech has sought government approval for phase-1 safety trials on humans.

health Updated: May 16, 2017 09:52 IST
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Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Disease continues to remain a global public health concern (Shutterstock)

New Delhi: Zika is no longer a public health emergency after cases went down in Brazil, but the mosquito-borne viral disease is here to stay, warns World Health Organisation (WHO).

To be ready for future outbreaks, vaccine manufacturers in different parts of the world are continuing to develop a vaccine that prevents spread of the Zika Virus Disease.

Indian vaccine maker, Bharat Biotech International Ltd., has reportedly sought government approval to begin phase-1 trials of its vaccine candidate, Zikavac, after successfully completing the requisite pre-clinical toxicology studies in animals.

First Published: May 12, 2017 16:16 IST