Zika Vaccine Might be Available Soon

Scientists from U.S has found out that three different experimental vaccines for Zika virus are safe and effective in monkeys.Although the human trial have not yet been done the researchers say the results in monkeys is a major step towards making the vaccines.Monkeys have always been used as the best models to gauge the effectiveness of the vaccines and its safety to human.

In the research carried out by Dr.Dan  Barouch(among others)who is the director in Center for Virology and Vaccines Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston,they immunized rhesus monkeys with three different experimental vaccines.One is known as Purified Inactivated Virus(PIV) which contained a killed Zika virus.This is the  common way to create a vaccine.The other two are new approaches:DNA Vaccine and Vector Vaccine which so far have not been approved.It uses a modified cold virus to introduce Zika proteins to the immune system.

During the study,the three turned out to trigger the monkey’s immune system to produce Zika-fighting antibodies.All the three protected the animals from infection whenever they were exposed to the virus.

Zika epidemic has been declared by World Health Organization public health emergency hence the need for development of the vaccine.Latin American is the most affected by the virus,Brazil having the majority of the infection.Some cases reported in Florida recently has caused alarm in U.S therefore development of Zika vaccine will be a big relieve.

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Author: healthfeels

Medical Researcher and Author based in Nairobi.Writing about health matters.

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