US: Human trials of Zika vaccine could be held this summer

Human trials of a vaccine for Zika virus could begin as soon as this summer, the top US infectious disease researcher says.

Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says work on a vaccine is already under way, but cautions any vaccine might not be widely available for several years.

Because there are vaccines for similar types of viruses, such as dengue and yellow fever, Fauci says development should move fairly quickly.

He says it should not take much time to determine if a vaccine is safe and effective and that an accelerated approval process for an immunization against the disease might be possible.

Last update: Tue, 28/06/2016 - 17:25

More from Science & Tech

Hundreds of South Koreans sue Samsung over Galaxy Note7: report

Hundreds of South Korean Galaxy Note7 owners filed a joint lawsuit Monday against Samsung seeking compensation after...

Swedish court grounds camera-equipped drones

A Swedish court ruling stating that drones equipped with cameras should fall under legislation regulating...

Lander crash has not endangered Mars mission, Russian experts say

The Russian-European ExoMars space mission remains on track despite the Mars lander Schiaparelli's crash on...

Mars lander may have "exploded on impact," European Space Agency says

The European Space Agency's Schiaparelli Mars lander may have "exploded on impact" after a failed descent to the...

Mars orbiter a success, but fate of lander uncertain after touchdown

The orbiter in a joint European and Russian mission to Mars has been a complete success, but it is not known if the...