Ebola Vaccine to Trial Next Month, May be Ready by 2015: UN - The New Indian Express

Ebola Vaccine to Trial Next Month, May be Ready by 2015: UN

Published: 09th August 2014 11:45 PM

Last Updated: 10th August 2014 12:42 AM

PARIS: Clinical trials of a preventative vaccine for the Ebola virus made by British pharma company GlaxoSmithKline may begin next month and made available by 2015, the World Health Organisation said today.    

"We are targeting September for the start of clinical trials, first in the United States and certainly in African countries, since that's where we have the cases," Jean-Marie Okwo Bele, the WHO's head of vaccines and immunisation, told French radio.            

He said he was optimistic about making the vaccine commercially available. "We think that if we start in September, we could already have results by the end of the year.   

"And since this is an emergency, we can put emergency procedures in place ... so that we can have a vaccine available by 2015."          

There is currently no available cure or vaccine for Ebola, a virus that causes severe fever and, in the worst cases, unstoppable bleeding.        

It has claimed close to 1,000 lives in the latest epidemic to spread across west Africa this year. Fatality rates can approach 90 percent, although the latest outbreak has killed around 55 to 60 percent of those infected.        

Several vaccines are being tested, and a treatment made by San Diego-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical, ZMapp, has shown promising results on monkeys and may have been effective in treating two Americans recently infected in Africa.

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