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'Realistic' to expect Ebola vaccine by 2015: WHO

Published on Aug 10, 2014 7:48 AM
A file photo taken on July 29, 2013 shows a general view of the headquarters of the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline in west London. -- PHOTO: AFP

GENEVA (AFP) - Clinical trials of vaccines for the deadly Ebola virus should soon get underway and will likely be ready for widespread use by early next year, the World Health Organization said Saturday.

"I think it's realistic," Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director-general of the UN health agency, told AFP.

There is currently no available cure or vaccine for Ebola, one of the deadliest viruses known to man, but Kieny said she expected a vaccine to be rushed through the trial process and become available by 2015.

Her colleague Jean-Marie Okwo Bele, who is vaccine chief at WHO, told French radio RFI earlier Saturday that British pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline appeared set to start clinical trials of a vaccine next month.

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