Episode 7: Is the movie ‘Outbreak’ an accurate portrayal of vaccine development?
A special companion episode to the “Outbreak” episode of the Beyond the Big Screen Podcast. The story of the development of the Ebola vaccine and the trails to determine if it really works. Details on different types of vaccines, the many ways they are tested, and ethical issues during an outbreak.
The paper we discussed in this episode was Efficacy and effectiveness of an rVSV-vectored vaccine in preventing Ebola virus disease: final results from the Guinea ring vaccination, open-label, cluster-randomised trial
The press release from the World Health Organization about this research.
An audio press briefing with one of the primary investigators (PIs), Dr Marie -Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General gives lots of background information about why they chose to do this study and how it was unusual.
More information about Ebola.
General information about vaccines, how they work, and their development.
More detailed information about different types of vaccines.
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