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WHO: 5 more Ebola vaccines to be tested in January

24 October 2014, 16:12

London - The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in January.

Still, the agency warned it's not clear whether any of these might work against the deadly virus that has killed over 4,800 people this year.

Read also: Toddler tests positive in first case of Ebola in Mali

Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny from the agency told reporters there could be millions of doses of an Ebola vaccine in 2015 if early tests prove that the two leading candidates are safe and effective. Trials of those most advanced vaccines have already begun.

If those trials prove effective, larger trials testing the vaccines in West Africa could begin as soon as December, Kieny said. She said five other possible Ebola vaccines should start testing in January.

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