While the early entrants to the race for a Zika vaccine have been on the smaller side--think Hawaii Biotech, NewLink Genetics and Inovio Pharmaceuticals--the big guns are now joining in. Just one day after Sanofi announced a firm plan to develop a vaccine for the mosquito-borne disease, a parade of Big Pharmas has joined GlaxoSmithKline in "evaluating their technologies" for the potential of developing a Zika vaccine.
Back in 2011, Indian company Bharat Biotech pledged to offer its rotavirus prospect at a price that undercut even discounted vaccines from GlaxoSmithKline and Merck. Now, it's ready to make good on its promise.
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Having committed to offering its rotavirus vaccine--Rotavac--for $1 a dose in 2011, Indian vaccine manufacturer Bharat Biotech has now presented positive Phase III data that compares favorably to currently available rotavirus vaccines.
The Bill and Melinda Gates philanthropy machine rolls on. This week the foundation is backing two firms in India researching vaccines for pneumonia and diarrhea. Both Bharat Biotech and Serum