Ebola Vaccine Sent for Testing

The first doses of the Ebola vaccine were sent to West Africa and are expected to arrive today, according to a spokesperson from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), one of the companies thatCynthia Goldsmith This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. See PHIL 1832 for a black and white version of this image. Where is Ebola virus found in nature?The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) and is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent. A similar host is probably associated with Ebola-Reston which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to be native to other continents, such as North America. has created the vaccine with the National Institutes of Health.

“Shipping the vaccine today is a major achievement and shows that we remain on track with the accelerated development of our candidate Ebola vaccine,” Dr. Moncef Slaoui, chairman of global vaccines at GSK said in a company release.

A variation of the vaccine from Merck and NewLink will also be tested.

The trial of the vaccine made by Merck and NewLink was temporarily stopped in December after some of the volunteers in the trial experienced joint pain. No similar side effects were noted in the GSK trial.

This first shipment will be used in the first large-scale trial in the next few weeks in Liberia.

“We are expecting to start by the last week in January, but there are some details that need to be ironed out regarding the FDA,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at a press conference.

Since the outbreak started in December 2013, there has been an estimated 21,759 infections and at least 8,668 people have died from Ebola.

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