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Opinion: Vaccines: our greatest hope in defeating AIDS, Ebola, TB, and other infectious diseases

HIV and TB may prove to be harder to fight than the Ebola virus. But scientific and political momentum are building to find vaccines to prevent them. #WorldAIDSDay
Faster development of vaccines could prevent vast suffering from tuberculosis, like that experienced by a woman in Barawe General Hospital in Somalia, and many other infectious diseases. Source: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

Doctors, public health officials, and governments are facing what is now the second largest Ebola outbreak in history. The death toll from this latest outbreak in the northeastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) already totals 245. And experts warn it could potentially spread within the DRC, as well as to neighboring countries.

The largest and deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, which began in 2014, claimed more than 11,000 lives before finally petering out in 2016.

What is different about this new outbreak, the DRC’s largest to date, is that it is occurring in a conflict

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