Less than a year after the announcement of the definitive end of the Ebola virus in Guinea, a scientific meeting on the initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the Ebola vaccine was launched by Guinean head of state, Prof. Alpha Condé, on Thursday, May 4, 2017.
The launch was attended by Ms. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO AFRO, and representatives of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Guinean Minister of Health Dr Abdoulrahamane Diallo at the Hotel Noom in Conakry.
The purpose of this scientific meeting was to highlight the importance of collaborative and partnership efforts by several countries and institutions working in synergy to address public health and global security issues. It was also a matter of celebrating the success of the evaluation of vaccinated candidates.
The Conakry meeting comes after the international scientific workshop on accelerating the availability of vaccines against epidemiological viral fevers and other epidemics. Guinea served as a platform for the trial of the vaccine against Ebola.
The meeting, which brought together several researchers, academics and public health experts, highlighted the importance of collaborative efforts by several countries and institutions working in synergy on public health and global security priorities. Two key themes are discussed during the meeting: Increasing research and development capacity and taking stock of vaccine research and development during the Ebola epidemic between 2014 and 2016.
In addition to these topics, the meeting will celebrate the success of the initial assessment of candidates for Ebola vaccines before opening a window on how this collaboration has contributed to the research and development of new vaccines and the preparation of the response to future epidemics.
The President of the Republic, Prof. Alpha Condé, stressed that this disease had been eradicated with the support of the international community. After thanking the international institutions for their contribution to the fight against Ebola, he called on researchers to help Africa find vaccines against viral diseases.
For Alpha Condé, the results obtained after the international scientific workshop on accelerating the availability of vaccines against epidemiological viral fevers and other epidemics led to the Government’s agreement to test the anti- Ebola vaccine, which was conclusive. He reiterated his call for researchers from industrialized countries to agree to transfer health technology to the African continent.
During this meeting in Conakry, several doctors, including Dr Sakoba Keïta, received distinctions from the Director General of WHO for their efforts in the fight against the Ebola virus.
Kadiatou Thierno Diallo