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New data a boost for Johnson & Johnson and Bavarian Nordic's Ebola vaccine

The Lancet has published new data on Johnson & Johnson and Bavarian Nordic's combined vaccine against Ebola, which according to the US life science group strongly supports preventatitve use of the vaccine.

Healthcare professionals on the Ivory Coast are being vaccinated after ebola was found in the country. | Photo: Luc Gnago/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Results from two new studies that have recently been published by medical journal The Lancet are a cause for celebration at Johnson & Johnson.

The studies, which concern the use of Johnson & Johnson and Bavarian Nordic's combined Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone, show an immune response in 98 percent of participants 21 days after their second shot - the shot developed by Bavarian Nordic - but also that the vaccine is highly effective seven days after revaccination two years after the two introductory doses.

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