Thursday, May 6, 2021
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Uganda Begins Largest-Ever Ebola Vaccine Trial to Prevent Disease from Speading

Uganda Begins Largest-Ever Ebola Vaccine Trial to Prevent Disease from Speading

An epidemic across the border in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo has killed over 1,800 people

Uganda has started its largest Ebola vaccine trial to date, health authorities announced Monday, in an apparent effort to prevent the disease from spreading. An epidemic across the border in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo has killed over 1,800 people, making this outbreak the second-deadliest to date, with fatality rates nearing 70%.

The experimental Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered to health care professionals, as well as ambulance drivers, burial teams and cleaners. The trial is expected to last two years and cover 800 people in the Mbarara district in southwest Uganda.

Vaccinations have already begun, according to Uganda’s Medical Research Council. There are no licensed treatments for Ebola, but one vaccine, manufactured by Merck, was used effectively at the end of the 2013-2016 outbreak in the DRC and has been used during the current epidemic. Over 180,000 people have received this vaccine.

ebola
As the Ebola epidemic in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo enters its second year, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) are voicing concern. Pixabay

But the supply is sporadic, and vaccine administrators are typically 1,000 doses short of what they need, according to Doctors Without Borders as reported by Bloomberg News. Health professionals have called for the use of both the Johnson and Merck vaccines to maximize the number of people protected from Ebola.

ALSO READ: Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Furniture: How FurnitureRoots is Contributing to The Ecosystem with Environment-Friendly Furniture?

Some people, including the DRC’s former health minister, opposed the move, arguing that another vaccine with a different administration schedule would stoke vaccine distrust in vulnerable areas. While the Merck vaccine is administered through one shot and takes 10 days to be effective, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires two shots, two months apart.

Aside from sparking anti-vaccine fear, the Johnson & Johnson drug could be difficult to administer in practice, as violence in northeastern DRC hampers disease-control efforts. Neighboring countries have been on high alert since three people died of Ebola in the DRC city of Goma, located on the border with Rwanda and just a few hours from Uganda. (VOA)

STAY CONNECTED

19,510FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,773FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Tourists Queue Up 60 Years After The First American In Space

Sixty years after Alan Shepard became the first American in space, everyday people are on the verge of following in his cosmic footsteps. Jeff Bezos'...

Are Europe’s Climate-Action Targets Achievable?

By- Jamie Dettmer How politically realistic are the climate action goals that European governments are setting in lockstep with the United States? Some analysts are warning...

Gold Diggers: ‘It’s About Gold’, Says Author Sanjena Sathian

It began as a tale of a mother and a daughter, two Indian Americans who are gold thieves, but expanded into a magical realist...

Twitter Introduced New Prompts To Combat Bullying

Twitter has rolled out improved prompts on iOS and Android that will encourage users to pause and reconsider a potentially harmful or offensive reply...

UN Agencies: Food Insecurity Has Reached A Five-Year High Globally

Global conflicts, economic crises, and extreme weather conditions have pushed the number of people who faced acute food insecurity to 155 million in 2020,...

Historical, Mythological Tales Hit Small Screen

Last year during Covid lockdown, Doordarshan struck gold re-telecasting "Ramayan", Ramanand Sagar's hit mythological series of the eighties. This year, as India has come...

‘Aerosols’ Generated During High-Intensity Exercise, Aids In COVID Spread

High-intensity exercise produces more respiratory aerosols that can be harmful and aid in the transmission of Covid-19, and using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA)...

Men Worried About Job Security During Pandemic: BMC Helpline

A year after its launch, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)'s mental health helpline clocked over 72,000 calls, with a majority from men, pertaining to...

Recent Comments