Viva Vaccine!

The world’s first Ebola vaccine was greenlit yesterday by the European Commission.

Over 250,000 people have already received the vaccine—donated by Merck—under a compassionate use protocol amid the DRC’s ongoing Ebola outbreak.

The vaccine—Ervebo—will now go through WHO’s prequalification process.

The EC has been looking to license a vaccine since the 2014 West Africa outbreak, which provided a rare opportunity for the vaccine to prove its efficacy.

The licensure is a massive victory for researchers who once wondered whether there was a market for such a vaccine.

“I think it’s a good day,” said lead researcher Heinz Feldmann.

STAT
 

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