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Ebola virus vaccines on trial in Liberia

Benjamin S. Taingay

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/February 2, 2015)- The trial Ebola virus vaccines, cAd3EBO-Z and Rvsv-zebov, are ongoing in Liberia.

The vaccines trial was launched early Monday, February 2, 2015 in the Liberian Capital, Monrovia.

The commencement of the new Ebola vaccines trial followed the official launch of the vaccines Sunday at the Redemption Hospital by Vice President (VP), Joseph Boakai.

Local Health Ministry authorities said the exercise will be carried out by Liberian and American scientists, Stephen Kennedy and Clifford Yank, respectively.

“The vaccine will be administered to only volunteers and the exercise is expected to last for one year,” they said.

The United States and Liberian Governments, in October last year, formed a partnership to learn more about Ebola, to develop a vaccination to prevent treatments to heal people infected with the virus.

In his launching statement, Vice President Boakai commended the United States Government for its continued support to Liberia. VP Boakai also thanked the pharmaceutical company for developing the vaccines.

He also lauded the Liberia-US Joint Clinical Research Partnership that ensured the vaccines’ development and trial in Liberia, saying: “It is a landmark effort to defeat and eradicate Ebola from the country.”

Also speaking at the launch, US Ambassador to Liberia, Debora Malac, said: “The development and trial of the new Ebola virus vaccines is an additional effort by the US Government to help eradicate Ebola from Liberia, but from the world at large.”

Ambassador Malac described the launch as a historic fight against Ebola. “The partnership between Liberia and the US has a greater purpose to save lives and to return Liberia to the path of development,” She also said.

At the same time, the Incident Management Team, Tolbert Nyenswah, says: “The Ebola vaccines do not give Ebola, or kill people and called on Liberians and foreign nationals to turn out for the trial vaccines.

 


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