Ebola vaccine testing "to start in January and February"

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Clinical trials of this candidate Ebola vaccine will take place in the US, Germany, Gabon and Kenya. Photo: WHO/M. Missioneiro

Ebola vaccine testing is a matter of weeks away in the three countries worst affected by the killer virus, the UN's health agency said Friday.

The development follows a World Health Organization meeting in Geneva where participants said they wanted to get the new drugs into the field "as quickly as possible".

Here's WHO's Professor Helen Rees:

"We haven't yet got an effective vaccine at the moment … what we're driving for with real urgency while this epidemic is ongoing to take this opportunity to develop quickly but with quality a vaccine that will be effective in the current situation, recognising that if we had all the time in the world we might do more optimising of all sorts of things before going into the clinical field, we're not at that point, we are saying what we have seen is very promising let's get them into the field as quickly as possible…"

Liberia is to trial two vaccines by the end of the month, WHO said, while testing could start in Sierra Leone and Guinea in early February.

It could take up to six months to see if the vaccines are working after testing on thousands of people, the health agency added.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations

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