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U.S. Military’s Walter Reed Research Institute Working To Develop Zika Vaccine

Wired: Inside the U.S. Army Lab Racing to Create a Zika Vaccine
“…Today, the military maintains one of the biggest, smartest and most robust communicable disease-fighting labs in the country. Before Zika came along, there was Japanese encephalitis, dengue, chikungunya, and West Nile. Today [the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR)] operates research labs in Thailand, Kenya, Uganda, Indonesia, Georgia, and other far-flung locations where researchers check for virus outbreaks. … To mash the accelerator down on a Zika vaccine, Walter Reed scientists are using a manufacturing technology with a proven track record — the ‘dead virus’ method that worked for Japanese encephalitis…” (Niiler, 6/22).

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