The Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center (VRC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was established to facilitate research in vaccine development. The VRC is dedicated to improving global human health through the rigorous pursuit of effective vaccines for human diseases. Established by former President Bill Clinton as part of an initiative to develop an AIDS vaccine, the VRC is a unique venture within the NIH intramural research program. Initially spearheaded by NIAID, the National Cancer Institute, and the NIH Office of AIDS Research, the VRC is now part of the NIAID organization.
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The Vaccine Research Center (VRC) is located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD, and conducts clinical trials that enroll volunteers to help evaluate vaccines against diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Zika, Ebola, Influenza, and others.