WHO’s Tedros: Experimental Ebola vaccine in the DRC has saved countless lives

The Ebola crisis in the DRC has been devastating. If not for an experimental vaccine, it would have been far worse, the head of the WHO said.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second worst on record, having topped 600 cases. But the case count would be much higher still if an experimental Ebola vaccine were not being used to contain spread of the disease, the director-general of the World Health Organization said Thursday.

“One thing I am really certain of now is: If it wasn’t for the vaccine we’re using, the number of cases we have could have been really high, high, high,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told STAT

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from STAT

STAT8 min readSociety
Mental Health Apps Are Scooping Up Your Most Sensitive Data. Will You Benefit?
Mental health apps can put patients’ privacy at risk, and makers of some tools are using the data collected to create products that have nothing to do with health care.
STAT4 min read
Opinion: National Support For ‘Red-flag’ Gun Laws Could Prevent Many Suicides
While red-flag gun laws might prevent some mass shootings, they would spare many more lives from suicide. Their impact would be greatly magnified if mental health providers were allowed to…
STAT1 min read
Listen: Unicorn Growth Spurts, Amgen’s Future, & Mice On Twitter
Who puts horns on unicorns? How do graying drug companies find green ideas? And what would mice tweet? Find out on the new episode of "The Readout LOUD." Listen now: