US Ready to Test Ebola Vaccines in West Africa

January 22, 2015 10:03 PM

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Federal health officials plan to start testing vaccines against Ebola in Liberia in the coming weeks, to be followed by trials in Sierra Leone, as well. And they hope to begin testing soon some of the most promising treatments for Ebola, including a drug grown in tobacco plants.

The vaccine trials will be the first to involve people at highest risk for catching Ebola - health care workers, family members and burial teams in countries at the epicenter of the epidemic. And they are an example of an unprecedented acceleration of research to battle a disease in real time.

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