Although vaccines typically take years to produce, test, and license, US health officials had voiced confidence that Zika would not be a difficult target, and some predicted that a vaccine could be made and fully tested, ready for FDA assessment, within two to three years. Others predicted a licensed Zika vaccine could be available sometime in 2020

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A team of researchers have discovered what appears to be a significant biological link between Zika virus and microcephaly, a birth defect linked to abnormally small head size and stunted brain development in newborns

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Rio de Janeiro is just months away from hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics as Brazil deals with a terrifying epidemic of the Zika virus, which has been linked with shrinking babies’ brains. In 2015, as many as 1.5 million cases were registered in the country—and the disease is spreading fast around the world

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