The U.S. Senate passed his bill to encourage drug companies to develop treatment
ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida legislator is heading up an effort to find a cure for the Zika virus.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's pedal to the metal, do the research, find the cure, find the vaccine and get it as fast as possible," U.S. Senator Bill Nelson said.
But finding a treatment for the Zika virus will take time. Nelson says it will be at least a year until a cure is found. He wants to speed up that process.
Nelson sponsored a bill that would add the Zika virus to the Food and Drug Administration's Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher Program. It would encourage drug companies to research and develop a cure.
In return, the companies would get a voucher from the FDA to fast-track the approval process for another drug of their choosing. Or the companies could choose to sell the voucher.
"One of these expedited processes has been sold from one drug company to another for as much as $125 million, so you can see the real financial incentive," Nelson said.
New cases of the Zika virus are reported almost on a daily basis in Florida. With the upcoming summer months and more people visiting from affected areas, Nelson says it is important they find a cure sooner rather than later.
"Theoretically you could get quite a few drug companies working on this all of which could come up with different solutions for the virus," he said.
The U.S. Senate passed Nelson's bill Thursday. It is now waiting for approval from the U.S. House of Representatives, which Nelson hopes will happen next week. The measure would then go to President Obama for his signature.
Central Floridians are hoping leaders will take control over the spread of the Zika virus.
"I don't have a lot of fear about it. I just think it's something we can overcome probably," Joe Barrett said.
"I hope that they can get it under control and maybe they can find a cure for it," Alicia Chmielewski said.
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doesanyone know if the eboa or mers currently in phase 1 human trials had 100% efficacy in primates?
The U.S. Senate passed Nelson's bill Thursday. It is now waiting for approval from the U.S. House of Representatives, which Nelson hopes will happen next week.
Hot damn it passed by voice vote! Next up signing ceremony with potus. I am just a bill sitting here on capitol hill
Reuters quotes a white spokes man. Also west wing reports on Twitter. Small statement made on how additional funding is still necessary
“Normally you are talking between three to 10 years to get everything properly approved,” he said. “We can use the technologies from other flaviviruses to get the product made by the end of 2016. Testing the efficacy of the drug could take a year or more but if you were in an emergency situation you could do this at the same time as the testing and make it available as soon as it shows efficacy. So you could get something out in 2017, on an accelerated emergency basis.”
Fauci said the first phase of development will determine whether this accelerated pace will be maintained – any complications will set back the process. But he is confident that pregnant women can be properly protected.
“It’s complicated because we want to make it safe for pregnant women but we’d start off with non-pregnant women first then, if it were safe, we’d get pregnant volunteers,” he said. “If you are dealing with an inert vaccine, you could do this fairly quickly. But you’d do it very carefully. Ideally you want to protect women before they are pregnant, vaccinate them before child-bearing age.”
Short laugh at all the previous trials and failures of $ino. They think this is just another scare. This is not Liberia or Ivey coast this is on the door step. Within 3 months thousands will be infected. If we have a wet and warm summer it will be in Wisconsin by August. Watch the time lapse of chikuguna spread in Puerto Rico. It's gone man 100% infection. This is the time and the place to be invested in this company. Normally shorts say look at the science in this case the lack of science on the #sika side will spell their doom. Hubris is a great transferee of wealth
They will keep us from getting over extended to upside limiting vulnerability, also they will provide numerous manipulated pullbacks that will be excellent but opportunities. They will bring it down in a sisiphyian task only to see the buyers waiting patiently. Then their chore will begin anew. Market cap will double in under a year just like $nlnk
Beyond doubt a big check is coming for zika, and beyond doubt shares are getting extremely difficult to controlThe oil rally has put the biotech shorts in one of the most vulnerable positions in the market. Way over extended to downside. I will say it again this is a bouncing Betty for retail shorts
short term gonna let some pressure vent, but they have to keep and get this back under 10 very soon. they are not only shorting news flow on zika they are shorting news-flow on immunotherapy ...why are they attempting to stymie progress? greed so feel no compassion for their curb jobbed faces as we move toward 15$
I don't know about all that but the PRV is so huge, and the smallest amount of bipartisan action speaks volumes in this climate. I will say it again, when women in red states start getting bitten by mosquitos this summer those of child bearing age will go through hell. Then the coalition of tourism corporate money will back the zika funding. This is all possible becuase it is an election year. What you don't do in election year is be tight fisted about women's health issues concerning babies. That is how you lose.
S. President Barack Obama is expected to sign a bill to provide financial incentives to companies developing treatments for the Zika virus, a White House spokeswoman said, but the bill passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday is insufficient to meet the challenge.
"We hope that this legislation encourages private sector partners to address the challenge of Zika, but it contains no funding and is ultimately insufficient on its own, since it doesn't provide the $1.9 billion in funding that our public health experts have said is needed right now to prepare Americans for the imminent local transmission of Zika in this country," spokeswoman Katie Hill said.
It went four 4 four speaker wise 4 congressmen and women . The yeas and neys were then heard and the motion passes unanimously no neys. It was passed under a special session. This is great news. President will sign expediently and add another call for additional funding. The $ will be passed as soon as we get localized transmission possibly before if Puerto Rico gets really bad
The GOP will be forced to consent to the zika allocation of 2billion or they will look like a bunch of flat earthers who put $ before women's and children's health. The precious babies