Liberia: Clinical trial of Ebola vaccines begins as outbreak ebbs

| February 9, 2015

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Last week, the government-run Redemption Hospital began a trial of experimental Ebola vaccines in a suburb of Monrovia. The trial is part of efforts to slow the spread of the virus and prevent future outbreaks.

The epidemic, which has killed nearly 9,000 West Africans, appears to be slowing. Liberia has reported just 15 new cases in the past 21 days.

Liberia’s Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah says he does not expect the vaccines to make a difference in the current outbreak. But scientists say the trial could be a turning point in the fight against the virus, which has no known cure.

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Photo caption and credit: An Ebola trials notebook is seen in a laboratory during trials for an Ebola vaccine at The Jenner Institute in Oxford, southern England January 16, 2015. Photograph taken January 16, 2015. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh