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Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers: 54gene, mPharma, Cambridge Industries, FlexFinTx, Kuda, Moringa School and Sokowatch.

What About the Ebola Vaccine

The Ebola-vaccine was developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, licensed to NewLink Genetics, who in turn licensed it to Merck and Co Inc. 

The Ebola-vaccine works by replacing a gene from a harmless virus known as vesicular stomatitis virus with a gene encoding an Ebola virus surface protein. The Ebola-vaccine does not contain the live Ebola virus.

Ebola Survivor DRC

The trial Ebola-vaccine was named Ebola ça Suffit, French for Ebola that's enough. The early trials of the VSV-EBOV NewLink Genetics and Merck Vaccines USA in Conakry, Guinea are 100% effective states researchers.

More than 11,500 people have died from Ebola since the epidemic began in Guinea in December 2013. An Ebola-vaccine developed in record time has proved highly effective against the deadly virus in a large trial in Guinea and could now be used to help end a vast outbreak in West Africa, researchers said on Friday July 31, 2015.

The first person to receive the trial Ebola-vaccine in Guinea was Mohamed Soumah, aged 27. He tells The World Health Organization (WHO): "It wasn't easy. People in the village said that the injection was to kill me. I was afraid. I was the first one to be injected, the very first, here in my village on March 23, 2015. I've been monitored for 3 months and I've had no problems. The last follow-up, 84 days after the Ebola-vaccination, was all clear."
"The estimated Ebola-vaccine efficacy was 100 percent," a team of researchers say. 
The vaccine is administered via a shot to the upper arm. The researchers who ran the trial say their results suggest a single injection is highly effective, and that protection against Ebola can be established quickly. They're also still analyzing possible adverse reactions to the drug.

The trial was called Ebola ça Suffit, French for "Ebola that's enough." Funded by the World Health Organization and other groups, it started in April and ended on July 20, relying on participants who consented to be part of the trial. The more than 20 researchers who took part published their findings in The Lancet medical journal on Friday July 31, 2104. Deploying the Ebola-vaccine will take ingenious planning since the Ebola-vaccine must be kept at sub-zero temperatures from minus 76 to minus 112 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ebola-Facts

·        Ebola got its name from the Ebola River in then Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Ebola River is a branch of the Congo River which is the world’s deepest river.

·        Ebola first appeared in June and July in 1976 in simultaneous outbreaks in Nzara, South Sudan, and Yambuku, Democratic Republic of the Congo located in Central Africa

·        Fruit bats aka Flying Foxes are considered to be the original host of the Ebola virus

·        The time from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms is 2 to 21 days.


·        Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. Ebola then spreads through human to human transmission through direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected persons and with surfaces and materials such as bedding and clothing contaminated with these fluids.

Ebola-Vaccine Ebola Survivor

Ebola-Vaccine

The rVSV-ZEBOV and VSV-EBOV Ebola vaccine trial dates and location for NewLink Genetics and Merck Vaccines USA companies.

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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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