Is the Long-awaited Ebola Vaccine Finally Here?

Ebola, the rare and deadly disease that recently got worldwide attention in the 2014 outbreak might finally be history. Reports have surfaced that a vaccine developed at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg works. Interestingly, according to a study in Guinea (Guinea pig? lol) , 100 per cent of the people who got the vaccine were protected from the deadly virus.

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Researchers are still unsure of how long the protection from the virus will last after getting the vaccine. However, on the bright side, only one dose of the vaccine is required and protection kicks in very quickly, within an average of six days.

Note that this vaccine might not be useful in stopping all future Ebola outbreaks. There are five known strains of Ebola, and this vaccine only protects against Ebola Zaire. Even more noteworthy, is that the vaccine is not licensed yet.

Personally, I am excited about this. Hopefully, the vaccine lives up to expectations in day-to-day applications.

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