The Drugs Controller General (India) has granted permission to an Indian firm to conduct Phase-I clinical trial, in pursuance to its application to the DCG (I) on a Zika virus vaccine, the government has said.
"The application was on the Zika virus vaccine, along with non-clinical (Animal) Toxicity data, claiming 100 per cent efficacy in animals for grant of permission to conduct the Phase-I clinical trial," he said in a written reply to a question.
"Based on the evaluation of application, in consultation with the Experts Committee, the DCG (I) has granted permission to conduct the Phase-I clinical trial," Choubey said.
On the same day, Anupriya Patel, also Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, said in a written reply that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared the Zika virus disease to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on February 1, 2016, following the Zika outbreak in Brazil and other Latin countries and its association with birth defects (microcephaly) in new borns.
"Further, the WHO declared that it ceased to be a Public Health Emergency on November 18, 2016," she said.