The latest widespread scare in the Americas and other parts of the world as of recent are this new virus called the Zika Virus. It’s transmittable by mosquitos and as far as anyone knows yet, the only way to be safe from the virus is to avoid mosquitos. There is no way to identify whether a mosquito is carrying the virus, but it should be noted that not all mosquitos carry it. Sounds scary, right? Well, the good news today is that a new biotech vaccine may have been developed, and it’s straight out of a place you may least suspect. India, one of the largest populated places on the planet, has been developing not one but two vaccines that are hopeful combatants against the deadly virus. NDTV reports, “The then land of snake charmers, elephants, and the ‘Hindu rate of growth’ has now transformed into innovation hub with current PM Narendra Modi another tech-savvy, science loving leader who has given the big challenge of ‘Make in India’ and ‘Start-up India’.” It’s considered great news to see India’s transformation into the 21st century, as well as their perpetual soaring past the rest of the world in this attempt to find a way to combat this rapidly growing virus.
The NDTV coverage of the virus’ vaccine reports that the man behind the innovation, Krishna Ella, dates back even further than the last several weeks where the virus has begun to show back up in the American countries: “The unbelievable story of the Zika virus vaccine breakthrough actually begins in 1996 with the remarkable tale of a middle class Tamilian farmer’s son who trained to be a molecular biologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in USA deciding to come back to India.” Krishna Ella has helped with several other important vaccines in both his homeland and his temporary home of America: “Having mastered the making of the world’s cheapest hepatitis-B vaccine and the bulk supply of the oral polio vaccine of which Ella says he has supplied 3.5 billion doses among several other vaccines. Ella’s company also partnered with Indian government to make the first-ever Indian-made vaccine called ‘Rotavac’, a vaccine against an infectious diarrhoea disease caused by Rota virus that afflicts children.” It’s always good news to hear that education and science has led to such a revolutionary model of modern medicine. With people like Ella on our side, you can expect more good news in the future.