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Brazil announces international partnership to produce Zika vaccine

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Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Castro announced a partnership between Evandro Chagas Institute and the University of Texas to produce a vaccine against the Zika virus.

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The virus has recently become an international health issue with suspected links to microcephaly. It is also believed to trigger Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disease, in individuals with a propensity for the disease.

According to Castro, the two institutions will work to speed up initial research, and a vaccine might be ready for a two-year test in 12 months.

"We know it will take time but we are optimistic that we can develop the vaccine in a shorter time," said Castro.

The Brazilian government will invest $1.9 million in the project while the amount to be invested by the U.S. side is yet to be disclosed.

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