HHS Moves to Accelerate Zika Vaccine Development

By: | Jul-1-16

The Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday it would accelerate development of a Zika vaccine, following a House decision last week to provide $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus.

The NACDS Foundation is actively engaged with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, the March of Dimes and other stakeholders in efforts to protect at-risk populations in Puerto Rico.

The Center for Innovation in Advanced Development Manufacturing (CIADM) will conduct a variety of studies to move quickly through early stages of vaccine development and submit a new drug request to FDA to begin clinical studies. To further speed development time, the CIADM will use vaccine technology similar to that used in vaccines being developed to protect against similar viruses, such as Dengue.

“The threat posed by Zika presents an urgent need for vaccines and diagnostics,” said Dr. Richard Hatchett, acting director of HHS’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

As part of efforts to raise awareness about the Zika virus and prevention measures, the NACDS Foundation is actively engaged with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, the March of Dimes and other stakeholders in efforts to protect at-risk populations in Puerto Rico. The Foundation has also launched an education campaign tailored toward families in Puerto Rico, and additional outreach efforts, including radio broadcasts, digital messaging and online information.

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