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Pharmaceutical Giant Stops Working Towards A Zika Vaccine

Filed under: Horizon Pest Control,Mosquito Control New Jersey — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 5:39 am September 11, 2017

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Last year billions of US federal dollars were spent in order to research the Zika virus. Perhaps the most pressing issue facing medical researchers in 2016 was the development of a Zika vaccine. So now that Zika seems gone for good, was all that money wasted? Well, so far it is hard to tell. On the bright side, Zika researchers have learned much more about the virus and how it interacts with the body. The scientific understanding of Zika has even progressed to a point where the virus may be used to fight off cancer. However, the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi has recently pulled the plug on research that was supposedly leading to a Zika vaccine.

According to a spokesperson for Sanofi, the vaccine-related research has stopped due to a lack of funding from the United States Government. The decision has been criticized by some, but accepted as necessary by others. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), which is a department that operates under the US Department of Health and Human Services, has responded to public criticism by stating that the American government would like to focus on smaller goals, and the vaccine-related research may resume if the Zika virus resurfaces. Last year BARDA received forty three million dollars from the United States in order to develop a Zika vaccine alongside US military officials. At the moment Sanofi and the Walter Reed Army Institute are in discussions concerning the current focus of their research studies now that a vaccine is no longer in great demand.

A spokesperson for BARDA claimed that there are currently thirty two experimental Zika vaccines in the world. The spokesperson claimed that these experimental vaccines would not go to waste and further research would be conducted on many of these potential vaccines. According to the World Health Organization, the Zika virus is no longer an international concern.

Do you think that further research should be done in order to secure a working Zika vaccine?

Researchers Move Closer To Eliminating Dangerous Mosquitoes Through Biological Warfare | Mosquito Control New Jersey

Filed under: Mosquito Control New Jersey — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 8:06 am March 3, 2017

Researchers Move Closer To Eliminating Dangerous Mosquitoes Through Biological Warfare | Mosquito Control New Jersey

A little over a week ago a team of researchers tasked with developing a vaccine for malaria have doubly succeeded. One of the two vaccines was one hundred percent effective, which is better news than the team of researchers were expecting. An American based biotech firm is responsible for developing the vaccines.

The vaccines work by kickstarting the immune system into protecting the human body from malaria. This is accomplished by exposing malaria infected patients to sporozoites. Sporozoites are spores that mark the first stage of malaria. These spores are injected straight into an organism by mosquito carriers. Both of the successful vaccines attack Plasmodium falciparum, which is the most deadly form of malaria.

According to an expert on tropical diseases, Stephen Hoffman, neither one of the two vaccines are anywhere close to hospital use. Although it is promising to see one hundred percent of malaria subjects survive several weeks longer than expected, sixty six percent of those in the treatment group became reinfected after six months of becoming malaria free. And ninety three percent of participants in the placebo group reacquired the disease.

Perhaps the vaccines have not yet been perfected, but Hoffman is still hopeful that one day an effective vaccine will be developed. In support of this hopeful prediction, Hoffman noted that the recent vaccine trials resulted in the most successful human trials ever conducted in malaria ravaged Africa.

Hoffman, in a fit of excitement over the thought of being the one to eradicate malaria, is already planning vaccination programs all over the world, especially in the most heavily affected regions around the world, including Burkina Faso, Mali, and Tanzania. Hoffmans final wish is to vaccinate an entire population in one single geographic region with the hopes that by doing so the transmission of the malaria causing parasite could come to a complete halt.

Have you ever traveled to an area of the word that was at risk for malaria infections?