VIDEO: Vaccine For Zika Virus May Be Coming Sooner Than You Think

By  //  July 10, 2016

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vaccine called ZPIV, looks promising

ABOVE VIDEO: Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland, have developed a vaccine for the Zika virus (Department of Defense Video)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, Maryland, have developed a vaccine for the Zika virus.

They received a strain of the virus from Puerto Rico in November 2015, and have since created a purified inactivated virus, like the flu shot.

The vaccine is called ZPIV, and so far, it looks promising that military medical research will be a key contributor to preventing the continued spread of the Zika virus.

On Thursday, Paris-based Sanofi and its vaccines global business unit Sanofi Pasteur announced a cooperative research-and-development agreement with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) on the co-development of a Zika vaccine candidate.

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According to the terms of the agreement, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research will transfer its Zika purified inactivated virus (ZPIV) vaccine technology to Sanofi Pasteur.

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The agreement also includes Sanofi Pasteur’s production of clinical material to support phase 2 testing, optimization of the upstream process to improve production yields, and characterization of the vaccine product.

Sanofi Pasteur will also create a clinical development and regulatory strategy.

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