Lao People's Democratic Republic to protect more than 1.5 million children from Japanese encephalitis
On 1 April 2015, Lao PDR became the first country to use support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to protect its children from Japanese encephalitis.
"Protecting the children of Lao PDR from this vaccine-preventable disease for which no specific treatment is available is another step forward towards attaining the MDG4,” said WHO representative in Lao PDR, Dr Juliet Fleischl.
In August 2014, WHO received a donation of 800 vials of the rVSV-ZEBOV ebola vaccine candidate from the Public Health Agency of Canada. While there was promising preclinical data on the candidate, only a single human had received it after a needlestick exposure in Germany. It was therefore a priority to generate safety and immunogenicity data in high quality, accelerated Phase 1 trials.
WHO identified 4 leading clinical trial sites in Gabon, Germany, Kenya and Switzerland and world leading laboratories in Germany, USA and UK and initiated a unique consortium to generate Phase 1 clinical data in exceptionally fast timelines.
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Japan verified as achieving measles elimination
Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia and Japan have been verified as having achieved measles elimination by the Measles Regional Verification Commission. The three countries join Australia, Macao SAR (China), Mongolia and the Republic of Korea as countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region that have successfully eliminated measles.
The Guinean Government with WHO initiated the very first efficacy trial of an Ebola vaccine this week in an affected community of the Basse-Guinée, one of the areas where most Ebola cases are found in the country. Ring vaccination tests of VSV-EBOV, a lead Ebola vaccine developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, received an excellent response from the community in a small village in the Coyah prefecture, where the trial team arrived on 23 March 2015.
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