What impact will the Ebola outbreak have on vaccine development for other neglected tropical diseases?

Ebola virus

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa has devastated communities, leaving over 1000 dead according to WHO. Although arguably largely unreported in mainstream media until it started spreading outside of Africa, there is now lots of action in the Ebola space from companies throughout the world.

It is unfortunate that it has taken this long for Ebola to get so much attention, but could this in some ways be the key to making a dent in an area of great need? There could be potential for this to act as a wakeup call for companies to take a proper look at some of the hiterto neglected tropical diseases and get to work on effective medicines before we reach epidemic status with another.  

In these days where travel opportunities throughout the world are fairly unlimited, it is arguably inevitable that more of these diseases which are seen as only affecting certain geographies can no longer be viewed like this.

What are your thoughts about how industry can better work towards vaccines for these more neglected diseases?

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