The Zika vaccine: two or three years to come true

It would be "practically impossible" to get "before two or three years" a vaccine for its massive use against the Zika virus. s what the executive director of the South American Institute of Government in Health (Isags) maintains, José Gomes Temporao, as you can see in the video that heads this post.

Zika has already been detected in ten of the twelve countries of South America, and the former Brazilian health minister has said that the vaccine against this virus could be based on the one that exists to fight dengue. But the development of a vaccine, until its release, usually takes between five and ten years, and similarity with dengue would accelerate the process, but two or three would be very optimistic estimates.

The Brazilian minister explained that, at first, it was believed that the symptoms were softer than those caused by dengue, but the relationship with cases of microcephaly In children of pregnant women, a problem that has not yet been confirmed by WHO, and lack of knowledge about the virus, have made it a problem worldwide.

The Indian pharmaceutical company Bharat Biotech He has already announced that he has two candidates for vaccines against the Zika virus, one of them already in preclinical phase of testing in animals.

The virus, which was first identified in 1947 in Uganda (Africa), has already spread to 24 countries in Latin America and, according to estimates by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), could affect between 3 and 4 million people in the continent in a period of one year.

Video: Zika Virus What Clinicians Need to Know January 2016 (March 2020).