THE world’s first Ebola vaccine was recommended for approval by European regulators yesterday.
The move was hailed by the World Health Organisation as a “triumph for public health” that would save many lives.
The vaccine, developed by US firm Merck & Co, is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to protect against the spread of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo.
The shot is also being reviewed under a fast-track system by regulators in the United States, with a decision expected in the first quarter of next year.
WHO’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “This vaccine has already saved many lives in the current Ebola outbreak, and the decision by European regulators will help it to eventually save many more.”
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The Congo Ebola outbreak has killed more than 2,100 people since the middle of last year.
It is the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history, after a 2013-16 epidemic in West Africa that killed more than 11,300.
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