We should have safe and effective Ebola vaccines deployed in Africa in quantity, most likely starting in the Spring of 2015. We might have had them before the current outbreak were it not for Republican funding cuts, but that is now medical waste under the bridge.
The World Health Organization (WHO) had a meeting a week ago, on Oct. 23, on “access and financing” of Ebola vaccines. They discussed current progress and what is needed to make the vaccines happen. Public health organizations, countries, and health non-profits like Doctors Without Borders and the Vaccine Alliance were represented.
There are two candidate vaccines that have passed safety trials and are about to be tested for efficacy. There are also several possible treatments being researched.
Many questions have to be answered ASAP or researched further if we don't have the answers yet: medical questions about the disease and about vaccines and treatments; ethical questions about how to conduct trials during an epidemic, and at some point about mass vaccinations and treatments before production is ramped all the way up; and practical questions about funding, facilities, and organization.
We can examine answers to some of those questions below the Great Orange Virion, and discuss options for the others.