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Wanted: 60 volunteers to test experimental Ebola vaccine in Britain

Published on Aug 28, 2014 11:13 PM
Some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion is revealed in this undated handout colorised transmission electron micrograph obtained by Reuters August 1, 2014. A scientist in Britain sees little risk in his experimental vaccine and is optimistic that he will find 60 volunteers to test it on. REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Fancy testing an Ebola vaccine? It may sound scary but the scientist behind the British trial of a shot that has so far only been given to monkeys sees little risk and is optimistic he will drum up enough volunteers.

Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, needs 60 healthy individuals in the university town aged 18 to 50 to take part in the study of the experimental vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline.

Given mounting alarm at the world's worst outbreak of the disease, which has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa, GSK and researchers in Britain, the United States and Africa have decided to fast-track clinical testing.

That means Hill needs to pull out the stops to get volunteers on board by the target start date of mid-September.

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