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University Of Maryland Researchers To Test New Zika Vaccine

August 4th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Researchers at the University of Maryland will begin testing a Zika vaccine in humans before the end of the year as part of an aggressive effort to curtail the virus blamed for a devastating birth defect.

The trial will be among the first to inject the virus in humans, after having shown promise in animal studies.

“A safe and effective vaccine to prevent Zika virus infection and the devastating birth defects it causes is a public health imperative,” said Director Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in announcing the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development as one of three study sites that will involve dozens of healthy volunteers.

Other study sites are Emory University in Atlanta and the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda.

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