Experimental Vaccine Could Provide Rapid Response To Diseases

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) – A type of experimental vaccine that can be made in just a week and has protected mice against influenza, Ebola and Zika viruses may offer promise for quick responses to disease outbreaks in people, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers. MIT scientists said their vaccines, still in early developmental stages,… Read More »

Florida Reports Evidence Of Local Zika Transmission

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – Four people in Miami likely contracted Zika locally through mosquito bites, Florida’s governor said on Friday, the first evidence that the virus tied to a rare but serious birth defect is circulating in the continental United States. Governor Rick Scott said the state believed active transmission of the virus was occurring… Read More »

If A Vaccine For Zika Is Developed, Will It Be Freely Available To Everybody?

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Tirumalai Kamala, Immunologist, Ph.D., Mycobacteriology. Primarily because its intended target is the healthy population, the economics of vaccines are unlike those for other medicines. Most governments already factor in this difference and have specific policy guidelines and even laws to help fund mass immunizations campaigns. An international two-tier pricing structure ensures that… Read More »

Utah Reports Zika Infection In Person Who Cared For Man With Virus

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A caregiver for an elderly Utah man who died while infected with Zika tested positive for the virus but has recovered, health officials said on Monday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has confirmed that a person who helped care for the man who died last month while… Read More »

Senate Negotiators Zero In On Zika Virus Funding

U.S. Senate negotiators on Wednesday tried to reach a deal to provide more than $1 billion to battle the Zika virus that is feared will creep north into the United States with the onset of warmer weather, which breeds mosquitoes that could carry the disease. Senior Senate Democratic aides said details were still being worked… Read More »

How Would We Go About Stopping The Spread Of The Zika Virus In The US?

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Hillary Clinton, Senator, Secretary of State, 2016 presidential candidate.  Zika — a virus linked to devastating birth defects — is a serious and urgent threat to the United States. Already, there are more than 900 confirmed cases across U.S. states and territories, and that number is expected… Read More »