This week in vaccines

21st August 2016

This week saw the launch of a massive emergency vaccine campaign in DRC, using 1/5 of the normal dose, stretching supply to protect 10 million people before the beginning of the rainy season. And as the infographic shows, it’s mobilising a huge volume of resources. A similar campaign also began in Angola, and questions were raised around whether this disease had the potential to become the next pandemic.  

Campaigns to defeat polio continued in Nigeria, while Bill Gates and the international community remained confident that eradication could and would be achieved soon. 

Zika reached Miami in the US, but vaccine prospects still seemed to be a way off. A Liberian contact tracer looked back on his experience of the Ebola epidemic, and researchers also asked: what next for the experimental Ebola vaccine?