Hyderabad: In a medical breakthrough, scientists at a Hyderabad lab claimed to have developed the world’s first vaccine against the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil and is rapidly spreading in the Americas.
As per reports, Hyderabad-based Bharat Bioltech International Limited (BBIL) has developed two candidate vaccines from an imported live Zika virus. However, the trials on animals and humans are yet to be done.
The breakthrough development came amidst a worldwide scare about the deadly mosquito-borne virus which prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare a global health emergency.
The firm says it has already patented the vaccine even as other researchers search for a cure to combat the deadly virus, which has been linked to microcephaly – where an infant has an abnormally small head.