WHO Could Field Test Ebola Vaccine by December

Photo by Fatih Erel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The World Health Organization says an experimental Ebola vaccine could be ready for field testing by December, the BBC reports.

As the number of cases of the disease has surpassed 10,000 in West Africa, with over 4,000 dead, the WHO has been working on a drug that could help combat the disease. In an interview with the BBC, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of the WHO said that “all is put in place by all partners to start efficacy trials in affected countries in December, as early as in December 2014.”

Earlier this month, Kiely wrote in a commentary piece on the WHO website that she and other WHO staff were volunteering to test the vaccines “to help get effective vaccines tested and available as quickly as possible, and to be part of the solution any way we can.”

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