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article imageRussian Health Minister: Three Ebola vaccines six months away

By Kavelle Christie     Oct 13, 2014 in Health
Moscow - On Saturday, Russian Health Minister, Veronika Skvortsova disclosed to journalists that three Ebola vaccines will be ready within the next six months.
Skvortsova who appeared on Rossiya 1 television said, "We have created three vaccines...and we think they will be ready in the next six months."
The minister also added that one was ready for clinical trials.
Following this, on Monday, Valery Chereshnev, chairman of the State Duma’s parliamentary committee on science and technologies told the Russian News Agency, TASS, that vaccines were ready, “at the virology center of the Defense Ministry’s Microbiology Research Institute in Sergiyev Posad (Moscow region) and at the Vektor Center for Virology and Biotechnologies in Novosibirsk.”
He also noted that one of the vaccines was created using an inactive strain of the Ebola virus.
So far, there have been no Ebola outbreaks in Russia and the country's officials say they have been taking the necessary steps to safeguard its citizens from the highly contagious disease by installing thermal cameras to detect signs of the virus at 71 Russian airports.
Also according to Skvortsova, the country has also been steadily monitoring 450 students from west Africa studying in Russian universities.
To date, the deadly Ebola virus for which there is no cure, has swept through west African countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, killing in excess of 4, 000 persons.
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