The Zika virus is one of the main concerns of authorities, doctors, and citizens alike. The summer of 2016 was a busy season for the mosquitoes carrying the virus, as many infection cases have been reported to the health centers. Now Takeda is trying to find a solution and develop a Zika vaccine.
Many pharmaceutical companies are aware of the need for a Zika vaccine. Takeda is one of them, and it has the support of the U.S. government. The United States allotted approximately two million dollars to this important research. The institution in charge of allotting the money and supervising the process is the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.
Takeda is a Japanese pharmaceutical company, and it is among one of the best in the world. Researchers will use and manage the U.S. funding in such a was that they should have the best possible results in the shortest time possible. Nevertheless, this means that both authorities and hospitals have to wait several years before having the Zika vaccine.
The Takeda research for developing an efficient Zika vaccine will occur in several stages. Officials are not sure how long will the scientists to achieve their goal. However, American authorities are willing to expand the budget. The new funding could reach $312 million.
Officials from the Japanese company announced this important decision on September 2. They also stated that the trials would start next year.
Takeda researchers are working in several cities around the world, but important studies will be carried out around Chicago, according to official sources.
Finding a Zika vaccine is compulsory, as the disease struck not only the United States but also countries in other continents, such as Asia. The disease started to spread from Brazil, Latin America. Most of the Zika cases were related to people who had traveled.
American authorities took actions against the disease by spraying pesticides to decimate the mosquito populations. Despite their efforts, and despite the fact that summer is over, it seems the insects’ season is not over yet. Officials still advise people to keep themselves safe from the dangerous insects, not to sleep with their windows open, and to cover as much as possible of their skin when they go out.
The measures stated above are just precaution measures. The Zika vaccine is a much proper solution. Officials hope that either Takeda or another pharmaceutic company will provide them with the medication as soon as possible, for the sake of the people.
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