Infectious Diseases

Updated 03 February 2016

Brazil says Zika vaccine will take 3 to 5 years

The WHO alert puts Zika in the same category of concern as Ebola – research and aid need to be fast-tracked to tackle the infection.

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The Brazilian president's chief of staff says it will take researchers between three and five years to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus

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Jaques Wagner told reporters Monday that Brazilian researchers are working with researchers in the United States. In his words: "If we are really lucky, it could be three years. But it could be between three and five years."

Read: Zika virus spreads to more tropical destinations 

Wagner made the estimate just hours after the World Health Organisation declared the spread of Zika an international emergency. 

It was in line with previous estimates by health officials working to combat the spread of the virus. 

Read: 

Zika virus: pregnant women shouldn't travel to Brazil 

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US may develop vaccine for Zika virus 

AP