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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
INDIAN FIRM DEVELOPS ZIKA VACCINE CANDIDATES
February 6, 2016
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1.Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has filed for global patent of two vaccine candidates – a recombinant vaccine and an inactivated vaccine – for Zika virus.

2.The company announced that it could make available the inactivated vaccine in two years if the Indian Government fast-tracked the regulatory approvals once the pre-clinical trials proved to be successful.

3.Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director of the company, said that Bharat Biotech was probably the first in the world to file for global patent for the two promising Zikavac vaccine candidates.

4.While the recombinant vaccine might take time, the pre-clinical testing of the inactivated vaccine in animals would be completed in five months.