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Ebola outbreak: What is Ebola? How do you get Ebola? Is there a vaccine?


Is there a vaccine for Ebola?

There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola virus disease, despite many being developed and tested.

During the Ebola epidemic beginning in 2013, several vaccines were trialled in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

These vaccines have been used to fight outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

WHO representative Alfred George Ki-Zerbo told reporters: “We are going to rapidly deploy crucial assets to help Guinea, which already has considerable experience [treating the disease].

“The arsenal is stronger now and we will take advantage of that to contain this situation as fast as possible.

“The WHO is on full alert and is in contact with the manufacturer [of a vaccine] to ensure the necessary doses are made available as quickly as possible to help fight back.”

The 2013/2016 outbreak sped up the development of a vaccine against Ebola, with a global emergency stockpile of 500,000 doses planned to respond quickly to future outbreaks, the vaccine alliance Gavi said in January.


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