Two Ebola vaccines to be tested in human trials

BY NATALI IVERSON - JANUARY 9, 2015

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that two Ebola vaccines will be tested on healthy human volunteers soon.

Both vaccines have been confirmed and dubbed safe for human trials, with tests being conducted on thousands of people within the three West African countries hit hardest by the Ebola epidemic, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

"These trials are about to begin for the two lead vaccines," WHO assistant director general, Marie-Paule Kieny said in a press briefing.

“The Phase III testing, will be to ensure the vaccines actually protect against the virus that has killed 8,259 people in the three countries, is set to begin in Liberia by the end of the month,” she said.

Approximately 20 000 people have been infected with the Ebola disease throughout West Africa since December 2013.

 

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