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Research institutes and scientists across the world have urged the World Health Organisation to consider the spread of the Zika virus as an "explosive pandemic potential".

MosquitoA programme to respond to this epidemic threat has therefore been put into place at The Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford: Professor Arturo Reyes-Sandoval and Dr Cesar Lopez Camacho from The Jenner Institute, Nuffield Department of Medicine, are prioritising the development of a Zika vaccine, with the aim of testing vaccine candidates in early pre-clinical model in the next few months.