Without an Ebola vaccine, Walsh argued, the world will end up with “a few little remnant populations” of chimps and gorillas.
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Scientists said Thursday they have developed a vaccine to shield endangered chimpanzees and gorillas against Ebola, which has wiped out tens of thousands of the wild apes in three decades.Only then can the vaccine be rolled out, to gorillas first and chimps later.Ebola "has already killed about a third of gorillas in the world," Walsh said – amounting to "tens of thousands" of animals. Gorillas and chimps tend to live in densely forested areas, and are extremely shy of humans – making their population numbers hard to track.Without an Ebola vaccine, Walsh argued, the world will end up with "a few little remnant populations" of chimps and gorillas.For humans, at least 15 Ebola vaccines are being designed by laboratories worldwide – one of which the World Health Organization said last December may be "up to 100 percent effective" and could be available in 2018 .
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