Bharat Enters Chikungunya Fray As Vaccine Moves Into Trials
Indian vaccine developer Bharat Biotech has moved a candidate vaccine for chikungunya into Phase I trials, joining over a dozen firms worldwide hoping to commercialize the first vaccine to halt transmission of the painful mosquito-borne illness, which is spreading globally.
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