Vaccines Represent ‘Vital Early Weapon’ For Next Ebola Outbreak
The Lancet Global Health: Ebola vaccines: an uncertain future?
Zoë Mullan, editor of The Lancet Global Health
“…The rapid roll-out of these [Ebola vaccine] trials has been tremendously impressive. … Vaccines are not a magic bullet. Nothing can replace the basic tenets of public health epidemiology and community mobilization. But in the early days of a new outbreak in an unprepared population, as in all likelihood will happen again, vaccines can be a vital early weapon. Once we are reasonably assured of safety and efficacy, everything must be done to ensure that stockpiles are ready and the necessary clearances for their use are in place” (2/11).