Ebola Vaccine to come “too late” for outbreak in Late 2015

Ebola has killed over 4500 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. More than 9000 are infected and the outbreak is expected to reach 10000 a week, this is an epidemic crises!

Currently there is no vaccine for Ebola and doctors from UK Pharmaceutical firm GlaxoSmithKline says the vaccine will come too late. Dr Ripley Ballou, head of GlaxoSmithKline, say that the vaccine will come late in 2015 which will be too late for the current crises.

The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that sooner or later the Ebola outbreak will reach 10000 cases a week!

The director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Prof Peter Piot, discovered Ebola in early 1976 and still there is no official Ebola vaccine in circulation.

There are several trials needed to approve this vaccine and the GlaxoSmithKline research laboratory saying that they are working really hard to tackle Ebola, they are compressing a 10 years trial into just 12 months.

Nick Owen a volunteer of this trail is under surveillance and with regular check-ups, he was injected 2 weeks ago. The next phase of the trial is to create 20000 doses to be tested by health workers.

Dr Ballou also added that the manufactures of this vaccine will deliver the vaccine for the general public use no early than 2016.

Ebola outbreak started in March 2014 and since then the WHO accelerated the hunt for the Ebola vaccine. But unfortunately the vaccine will come too late.

Currently the Ebola treatment consist of managing the symptoms which ranges from: fever, headache, diarrhea, etc. For the complete list of Ebola symptoms and more read my previous post How To Avoid Ebola Virus Disease Symptoms and Risks