A new vaccine is the most important thing you need right now to protect yourself against the deadly virus, a team of US health officials said Wednesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the new vaccine will be available in the US by March.
The first shots of the vaccine are scheduled to be administered on Thursday, but it’s unclear if the shots will be distributed to the public as planned.
The CDC has said there are no immediate plans to distribute the vaccine to US citizens.
The US has recorded 1,800 confirmed Zika cases, with 2,000 deaths.
The outbreak began in the northern hemisphere in February, and has spread to Florida, New York and other states.
The virus has since spread to other parts of the US, and to Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific, according to the CDC.WHO warned of a potential spike in cases across the US on Tuesday.
The virus has also led to the arrest of some 1,500 people in the first four months of the year.