WHO designates the virus as a public health emergency of international concern
GN Bureau | February 3, 2016
The union health ministry has sounded an alert for Zika and appointed the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as the nodal agency for investigation of any outbreak of the viral infection in India.
This comes in the backdrop of the World Health Organization (WHO) designating the virus and its suspected complications in newborns as a public health emergency of international concern.
The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, which is also known to transmit infections such as dengue and chikungunya. The WHO has named 22 countries as among those affected. The virus causes microcephaly (little head) in the newborn.
Meanwhile, the world’s first vaccine to treat the pandemic has been developed and it’s been developed by India. Bharat Biotech International Limited- a Hyderabad based firm- has made a giant leap ahead of all of them and successfully developed the vaccine already.
BBIL says that it has already patented the vaccine. Speaking to NDTV, the chairman and managing director of the company, Dr Krishna Ella said, “On Zika, we are probably the first vaccine company in the world to file a vaccine candidate patent about nine months ago.” The firm has developed two candidate vaccines, using a live imported Zika virus. However, the trails on animals and humans haven’t begun yet.
Ella says that he has contacted the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to help with the trials and they have been most cooperative.
Ella said that if all goes well, his firm can churn out 1 million doses of the vaccine in four months. He is all set to seek prime minister Narendra Modi’s direct intervention to expedite the process of fast tracking the vaccine’s development and delivery by skipping regulatory clearances to get the vaccine to the countries that need help including Brazil, where the epidemic first broke.
In many ways the story of Gross National Happiness in a country is the story of Bhutan and its modern history. There are two major transition points in Bhutan’s recent history, the beginning of the monarchy in 1907, and the transition to a Constitutional monarchy in 2008, and the pursuit of happine
Do you agree with the ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter through animal markets?
Prime minister Narendra Modi celebrated three-year of his government on May 26 by inaugurating Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra river in Assam’s Tinsukia district. It is the longest bridge in India, which runs 9.15 km from end to end and connects Assam with Arunachal Pradesh.
IndianOil posted a net profit of Rs 19,106 crore for 2016-17 fiscal as compared to a profit of Rs 11,242 crore in the last fiscal. The income from operations for the financial year 2016-17 was Rs 4,45,373 crore as compared to Rs 4,06,828 crore in the previous fiscal. IndianOil`s income from
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) carried out first flight of light utility helicopter (LUH)-PT-2 on May 22 at its Bengaluru-based facility. The flight duration was about 22 minutes and pilots reported nil snag, HAL said. “These maiden flights of indig
Narendra Modi is like Greek mythology’s King Midas: whatever he touches turns into gold. Most people in this country are left dazzled by his ability to make dramatic announcements with a statuesque flourish. The past three years of the Modi government have left the