2 Leading Ebola Vaccines Appear Safe, Further Tests Starting

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2 Leading Ebola Vaccines Appear Safe, Further Tests Starting

A man walks by a sign that reads "Ebola is real" in Monrovia, Liberia. (Reuters)

London:  The World Health Organization (WHO) says the two leading Ebola vaccines appear safe and will soon be tested in healthy volunteers in West Africa.

After an expert meeting this week, WHO says there is now enough information to conclude that the two most advanced Ebola vaccines - one made by GlaxoSmithKline and the other licensed by Merck and NewLink - have "an acceptable safety profile."

In a press briefing today, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, who heads WHO's Ebola vaccine efforts, said "the cupboard (for Ebola vaccines) is filling up rapidly." She says further trials to be conducted in healthy people in West Africa, including health workers, are scheduled to start soon.

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