We finally have an effective Ebola vaccine!
Ebola epidemic of 2014 -2016 that claimed more than 11,000 deaths is the largest the world has ever seen, but thankfully the war against the disease is about to change.

Due to the remarkable efforts of researchers from WHO, Guinea’s Ministry of Health, Public Health England, and other international partners, we have a successful vaccine candidate in development. The researchers unveiled their final results in the Lancet today.

The vaccine was tested in a trial involving nearly 12,000 people in Guinea and Sierra Leone during 2015 and 2016

Among the 5,837 people who got the vaccine, no Ebola cases were recorded. By comparison, there were 23 Ebola cases in the control group that had not gotten the vaccine.

“This trial, confirming the 100 percent efficacy of the rVSV Ebola vaccine, is a simply remarkable outcome,” Dr. Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust, said of the research

- One of the most fascinating things about the vaccine — beyond its apparent safety and effectiveness — is how the researchers studied and implemented it. They decided to try a technique called “ring vaccination,” a public health method used to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. It involves immunizing the immediate contacts — friends, family, housemates, neighbors — of a person who falls ill with a virus to create a protective ring around them to stop transmission.

More about Ring Vaccination and the Ebola Vaccine at -
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