Good and bad news surfaces as West Africa emerges from the Ebola crisis. The good news first. Within the last week, the World Health Organization(WHO) announced that Liberia was Ebola-Free while Guinea had seven cases, and Sierra Leone had two.
Leading the Health Systems and Innovation cluster at WHO, France's Dr. Marie Kieny was optimistic. At a recent news briefing in Switzerland she proclaimed: "The best news is we are going to zero cases; there is absolutely no doubt about that," she said. However having no cases of Ebola presents a huge obstacle to the development of new vaccines and therapeutic regimes against Ebola. Reportedly, in lieu of eradicating Ebola, clinical trials conducted by in part by International Pharmaceutical Giants: GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and New Link Genetics may fail to provide adequate data on a vaccine's efficacy as the number of Ebola have cases dramatically fell.