The Ebola epidemic no longer constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday, March 29th.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was declared a world health emergency by WHO in August 2014, triggering plans for a mass global vaccination with an experimental Ebola vaccine.
The downgrading of the emergency status of the Ebola outbreak means that the temporary regulatory framework adopted in response no longer applies, and the risk of mass vaccination with experimental Ebola vaccines has receded.
However, close contacts of new clusters of Ebola in Guinea are being given the experimental Ebola vaccine.
Work on an experimental Ebola jab is continuing.