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Another fast-track Ebola vaccine trial for Africa

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A consortium involving two African institutions has received £3.1 million (US$5m) from the UK's Wellcome Trust to fast-track trials of a candidate Ebola vaccine in 200 healthy volunteers in Kenya and Gabon.

 The trials are part of a series also taking place in Germany and Switzerland to test the safety of rVSV-EOV, a vaccine donated by the Public Health Agency of Canada. A gene from the outer protein of the animal pathogen, vesicular stomatitis virus, has been replaced with a gene of an Ebola strain to make the vaccine.

The World Health Organization will oversee the trials, which will be “swiftly” conducted by a team that includes researchers from Gabon’s Lambarene Medical Research Centre and the Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust research programme.

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