Sanofi said on Tuesday that its Sanofi Pasteur vaccines division has launched a vaccine research and development project targeting prevention of the Zika virus.

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As Sanofi led the vaccine field for viruses in the same family as Zika virus (ZIKV), with licensed vaccines against Yellow Fever, Japanese Encephalitis and, most recently, Dengue , it could leverage that experience in the hunt for a Zika vaccine, the statement said.