Spain prepares to test Ebola vaccine

SPAIN is going to test an Ebola vaccine the World Health Organisation has reported to be 100 per cent efficient after administrating it to 4,000 people in Guinea.

Fifty healthy volunteers will be given the injection to verify its safety, and check the amount of the antibodies are produced and when, La Paz-Carlos III Hospital infectious illness expert Marta Mora has announced.

The tests, at stage three, are to be carried out at various hospitals in the US and Europe at the same time, and investigators also hope to determine when they start working to prevent infection.

“The volunteers will not be exposed to Ebola. The vaccine is based on foot and mouth disease in pigs, which does not make humans ill. A protein has been substituted for one from the Ebola virus to cause the immune reaction,” Mora explained.

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