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EU bank targets Zika vaccine

A French vaccine company has received €25 million in loans from the European Investment Bank to pay for pre-clinical trial research on a Zika vaccine.

The funds were awarded to Valneva SE, a pharmaceutical company, on 12 July during a signing ceremony in Paris. Earlier this year, Valneva announced it had developed a “highly purified” Zika vaccine candidate that is ready for testing in animals.

The loan was fast-tracked to allow vaccine trials to go ahead as soon as possible.

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