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Zika vaccine in the works: U.S. health official

Monday, February 08, 2016 - 00:48

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says they are working on developing a Zika vaccine, but says it's unlikely it will be widely available for a few years. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says they are working on developing a Zika vaccine but says it's unlikely it will be widely available for a few years. "We have already started to develop the vaccine in the early stages and we can predict that we likely would be in phase one trial just to determine if it's safe and if it induces a good response probably by the end of the summer and get that going by the end of this year. And if it looks like it's safe we'll go to the next stage," said Fauci, speaking at the White House press briefing on Monday (February 8). Zika, spreading rapidly in South and Central America and the Caribbean, has been linked to severe birth defects in Brazil and public health officials' concern is focused on pregnant women and women who may become pregnant. President Barack Obama will ask the U.S. Congress for more than $1.8 billion (£1.2 billion) in emergency funds to fight Zika at home and abroad and pursue a vaccine, the White House said on Monday, but Obama also said there was no reason to panic over the mosquito-borne virus. Obama's request to Congress includes $200 million for research, development and commercialization of new vaccines and diagnostic tests for the virus.

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Zika vaccine in the works: U.S. health official

Monday, February 08, 2016 - 00:48