MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

2 new Ebola vaccines could be tested in West Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) said recently that two Ebola vaccines look to be safe and could soon be tested in West Africa.

WHO has been meeting with researchers, regulators, vaccine developers and policymakers since Jan. 8 in Geneva. The participants have been discussing vaccine access and financing in addition to reviewing the current status of clinical trials and plans for future Phase II and Phase III efficacy trials as they pertain to Ebola treatments.

WHO Assistant Director-General of Health Systems and Innovation Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny said that two Ebola vaccines have an “acceptable safety profile” in Phase I trials.

The third phase of testing, which is comprised of giving the vaccine to healthy volunteers in affected areas, should begin soon. Research teams have been created and preparations put in place, including special refrigerators for Ebola vaccine tests in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Those three countries have been hardest hit by the current Ebola outbreak.

Recent figures from WHO report 20,206 confirmed, probable or suspected cases of Ebola and another 7,905 reported deaths worldwide.

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