NIH Begins Human Trials Of A Zika Vaccine, But It Won't Be Available Soon

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Robert Muxo, a Miami-Dade County mosquito control inspector, inspects a property for mosquitos or breeding areas in the Wynwood neighborhood as the county fights to control the Zika virus outbreak on July 30, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The National Institutes of Health has just begun testing a Zika virus vaccine in humans. Another clinical trial, run by two drug companies that have combined forces, is also underway.

The trials come as Miami works to contain a small, local outbreak of the virus. But a vaccine that’s available to the public is still likely a year away.

Here & Now‘s Eric Westervelt gets the latest on vaccine trials, and the local transmission of Zika in Miami, from Andrew Joseph, a reporter at the health and medicine publication STAT.


Andrew Joseph, reporter with STAT News. He tweets @DrewQJoseph.

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