Thursday, August 28, 2014

UK Ebola vaccine trial to start

A trial vaccine against Ebola could be given to healthy volunteers in the UK in September, according to an international health consortium.

The vaccine uses a single Ebola virus protein to stimulate an immune response but cannot cause someone who is given it to become infected, scientists say.

The trial will start as soon as ethical approval is granted, experts at the Wellcome Trust say.

If the vaccine works well, the trial will extend to The Gambia and Mali.

The latest figures show that more than 1,550 people have died from the Ebola virus, with more than 3,000 confirmed cases - mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The study will run alongside similar trials in the United States.