Ebola Experts Caution: Vaccine Still Months Away
- VOA News,August 2, 2015
Ebola experts hailed the development of a "highly effective" Ebola vaccine, but they are cautioning that widespread availability of the vaccine is still months away.
World Health Organization expert Marie-Paule Kieny told reporters that the vaccine may indeed avert major epidemics in the future, but warned that it will be a while longer before the shot is approved by regulators.
The WHO's Ebola response coordinator in Guinea, Mohammed Belhocine, said the development should be celebrated, but people should not let their guard drop yet.
And Guinea's top government response coordinator, Sakoba Keita, has expressed hope that an effective vaccine could lessen the stigma against Ebola sufferers and their families.
The vaccine is expected to undergo more study before likely being used to limit the spread of the virus when a case is detected, and to protect health care workers, who are at highest risk of infection.
The World Health Organization announced Friday that the vaccine has so far been 100 percent effective in trials conducted in Guinea. The British medical journal Lancet published preliminary results and analyses.