REUTERS/ MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES HANDOUT/ WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION) – It may soon be possible to protect humans against the deadly Ebola virus.
A new vaccine being tested in Guinea has been 100-percent effective,
according to World Health Organization assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny (keh-nee).
WHO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR GENERAL, MARIE-PAULE KIENY,
“The data so far – and it’s as I said, an intermediary analysis and the trial is going on – but the data so far, shows that none of the 2,014 persons vaccinated developed Ebola virus disease after 10 days after vaccination.”
After struggling to tackle west Africa’s worst ever outbreak of Ebola over the past eighteen months, W-H-O Director-General Margaret Chan says the vaccine could change completely the way doctors are managing the epidemic.
DIRECTOR GENERAL OF WHO, MARGARET CHAN,
“If proven effective, this is going to be a game changer.
Researchers have been racing to test various vaccines, in an effort to halt the virus.
More than 11,200 people in West Africa have died since Ebola first surfaced in Guinea one-and-a-half years ago.