Monthly Archives: November 2019

Hope Rising…MSD’s Ebola Vaccine Gets WHO Prequalification Status


Merck known as MSD Thursday said its ERVEBO (Ebola Zaire Vaccine – rVSVΔ-ZEBOV-GP live) has been awarded prequalification status by the World Health Organization (WHO).

ERVEBO is the first vaccine to be prequalified by the WHO for the prevention of Ebola Virus Disease.

WHO prequalification followed the European Commission’s grant of a conditional marketing authorisation to ERVEBO on November 11.

ERVEBO is currently under Priority Review with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a target action date of March 14, 2020.

WHO prequalification means that ERVEBO has met the WHO’s standards of quality, efficacy and tolerability, which, in conjunction with other criteria, offers guidance to the United Nations (UN) and other global health entities in making relevant vaccine decisions.

Importantly, prequalification status allowed a vaccine to be procured and purchased by the UN, now allowing ERVEBO to be considered as a vaccine to be included in a global…

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Like Rivers and Zamfara States, Bayelsa APC May Not Take Part in Nov 16 Guber Poll…Here is Why


The ugly trends of infighting which stopped the All Progressives Congress (APC) from participating in the governorship elections in Rivers and Zamfara states are currently playing out in Bayelsa State.

It would require more than a miracle for APC to and its guber candidate, David Lyon, to participate in the Saturday governorship poll.

It would be recalled that APC suffered same party’s infighting in Rivers and Zamfara states thereby denying it the opportunity to participate in the March 9 guber elections in the two states respectively.

A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa had Thursday nullified the governorship primaries that produced Lyon as the APC candidate.

Reacting to this development, the Chairman of Bayelsa APC, Jothan Amos, eexpressed optimism, noting that his party has gone to Court of Appeal with a view to obtain a stay of execution pending the determination of the appeal to enable it participate in the…

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