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Ebola vaccines stockpiled to stamp out future outbreaks, says WHO

The World Health Organisation and partners said on Tuesday they are creating a global stockpile of Ebola vaccines to help stamp out future outbreaks

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The World Health Organisation and partners said on Tuesday they are creating a global stockpile of vaccines to help stamp out future outbreaks.

In a statement, WHO, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF and the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said they were establishing an emergency reserve of about 500,000 doses; nearly 7,000 are available now and more will be added throughout the year and beyond. Financial support for the vaccine stockpile was provided by the vaccines alliance GAVI.

The vaccine being stockpiled is made by Merck. Before it was licensed, the shot was used to previously help contain outbreaks in Guinea and Congo under a protocol for compassionate use.

Other stockpiles managed by and partners exist for diseases including meningitis and yellow fever.

The vaccines will be stored in Switzerland, where they will be ready to be shipped after and partners receive a request from countries. The agencies say any decision to release vaccines will be made within 48 hours of any such request and that the targeted delivery time is within one week.

The vaccines will be reserved for those at highest risk of being infected with Ebola during any epidemic, including those exposed to the disease and health workers treating patients and their contacts.

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First Published: Tue, January 12 2021. 16:51 IST
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