Let’s Research Our Way Out of Outbreaks

The 2014 Ebola outbreak exposed some harsh realities—not least that clinical research into Ebola therapeutics and vaccines hadn’t advanced far enough to stop the devastation in West Africa.

That crisis hammered home the need, in all countries, for coordination between public health, clinical care, and clinical research, write Marie-Paule Kieny and colleagues. That means enabling countries to finance and conduct their own clinical trials, with the help of development partners and the private sector.

Tasked with proposing ways to advance countries’ clinical research capacity, the International Vaccines Task Force is open to suggestions ahead of its final report in May 2018.

Send yours to ivtf [at] worldbank.org

The World Bank Blog

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