Breakthrough in the search for an Ebola Vaccine

Wellcome Trust Blog

B0009934 Ebola virus structure, illustrationThe publication of positive results from the Ebola VSV-ZEBOV vaccine trial is being met with understandable excitement, but there is still important work that needs to be done. Charlie Weller oversees the Wellcome Trust’s Ebola funding and explains why the news is such a big achievement…

Today’s publication of research showing the efficacy of the Ebola VSV-ZEBOV vaccine represents an incredible and humbling achievement that has only been possible due to the global collaboration of researchers, NGOs, governments, industry and funders – all working towards a unified goal.

The results of this interim report include data from approximately 7,500 people given the vaccine and suggest that a single injection of VSV-ZEBOV might be highly effective in preventing people from contracting Ebola. An effective vaccine against Ebola could reduce deaths and end this devastating epidemic that has had a huge social and economic impact.

suppliesThink back to summer last year. The…

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