First Ebola Vaccine Found Safe And Effective After Trials

Posted: Dec 23 2016, 7:22am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

First Ebola Vaccine Found Safe and Effective After Trials
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  • Ebola Vaccine said to be 100% Effective after Testing
 

An Ebola vaccine has been said to be 100% effective and safe after human testing and trials.

A vaccine for the Ebola virus has been prepared for use on human beings. Trials of this vaccine have been a success in Sierra Leone and Guinea, scientists reported in The Lancet journal.

What this means in pragmatic terms is that this virus will never be able to wreak such havoc on such a large scale as it did in West Africa in recent years. Over 11,000 people lost their lives during the peak of the epidemic. It began in the winter months of 2013.  

It spread all over the area and infected 28,600 individuals. The worldwide response in the form of aid and succour was immediate but sadly not enough. A race began against time to develop a vaccine for the deadly virus.

Today that objective has been accomplished thanks to the tireless efforts of researchers in various labs. This vaccine has the quality that it is effective against the most deadliest of diseases on the face of the planet.

This is no mean feat. A week and a half after getting the shots, the people in the trials didn’t catch the Ebola virus. The few who did develop the Ebola virus had it from the beginning.  

While the fruits of research have come a little late especially for those who lost their lives during the outbreak, one thing is for sure. This is that the next time an outbreak occurs, there will be no such devastation and destruction of human life on such a massive scale.

The agency making the vaccine has gone through proper channel to get the drug for the disease approved by the medical authorities. Already a batch of 300,000 doses has been manufactured, according to the Guardian. It will make all of Africa and the rest of the world ready for the disease if it strikes. 

The vaccine is being hurriedly administered to many African newborns in a bid to prevent any such outbreaks in the future. Waiting for the epidemic to hit Africa or any other part of the world would be tantamount to unethical behavior.

It is better to prevent the outbreak instead of dealing with it on an ad hoc basis. Care after all is better than cure. Infectious diseases seem to be making a recurrent rise in underdeveloped areas of the world today. Had this vaccine been developed before, so may lives may have been saved. However, as they say, better late than never.

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