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Ebola research shows the value of vaccines

Add Time:2015-09-01 15:09:41    Read:835  Number

An experimental Ebola vaccine -- rVSV-EBOV -- is proving highly effective against the deadly virus. And yet, almost everything that is going right with this historic, global-health initiative stands in direct contrast to the fear-mongering and anti-government sentiment we have seen recently from domestic anti-vaccinationists such as actor Jim Carrey.

As parental protests surged in April against a California bill that strictly limits childhood vaccination waivers, a coalition of governments, private industry and charitable organizations had already launched an Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea.

Now, the researchers -- reporting with lightning-fast speed on vaccination data as recently as July 20 -- have unveiled a stunning success: 100% protection against the Ebola virus, according to the criteria laid out in the trial design.

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