The idea is that after the VSV is injected, the body’s immune system will recognize the Ebola protein as foreign and begin making antibodies that destroy Ebola viruses, all of which have the protein.
Link is confident in the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, based on results in monkeys. Live, attenuated viruses can cause inflammation and other adverse reactions, but that may be deemed worth the risk given Ebola’s high fatality rate.
“We’re here to help and do whatever we can” in the disastrous Ebola outbreak, Link said. “My team has been told to get it done tomorrow.” (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]