Public health officials have a new tool to combat Ebola, which kills about half of the people it infects: a global vaccine stockpile.

In a news release today, the International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Vaccine Provision said the effort will allow countries, with the support of humanitarian organizations, to mitigate future outbreaks quickly. This is the ICG’s fourth stockpile, following ones created to combat yellow fever, meningitis, and cholera outbreaks.

The ICG consists of the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Médecins Sans Frontières (a.k.a., Doctors Without Borders or MSF). Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, provided additional funding.

ICG plans to scale up doses

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