Ebola vaccines to be available no earlier than 2015 — UN

If the tests of experimental vaccines against the Ebola virus are successful, they will be available next year, UN Secretary-General’s special envoy David Nabarro said on Thursday.

If the tests of experimental vaccines against the Ebola virus are successful, they will be available next year, UN Secretary-General’s special envoy David Nabarro said on Thursday. According to him, there are two highly promising potential vaccines. Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vandi Chidi Minah told reporters that he expected “good news” about the results of the tests by the end of the current year.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of fatalities of the fever epidemic outbreak in West Africa has exceeded 5,100 people and 14,100 people have been infected. The situation is the most serious in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A number of countries are actively developing the Ebola vaccine. The UK, Japan, Russia and China have made progress in this area. On Wednesday, the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders announced it would hold in December the vaccine testing in three medical centres in West Africa. Russia and China this week has allocated tens of millions of dollars for the development of the antiviral drugs.

First published by TASS.

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