WHO Needs $25M For 6-Month Program To Address Zika; E.U. Establishes Drug Regulator Task Force To Advise On Virus Vaccines, Treatments

Reuters: WHO seeks $25 million for six-month fight against Zika, official says
“The World Health Organization will seek $25 million for a six-month program to fight the Zika virus linked to birth defects, including studies on whether it is spread by sex or by blood transfusion, a senior WHO official told Reuters on Friday…” (Nebehay, 2/5).

Reuters: E.U. drugs agency sets up Zika task force to speed vaccine work
“Europe’s drugs regulator said on Monday it had established an expert task force on Zika to advise companies working on vaccines and medicines against the virus, which is suspected of causing a spike in birth defects in Brazil…” (Hirschler, 2/8).