This Article is From Dec 25, 2014

Chinese Military to Test Ebola Vaccine on Humans

Chinese Military to Test Ebola Vaccine on Humans

File Photo: An Ebola patient being treated. (Reuters Photo)

Beijing: The Chinese military has developed and will test an Ebola vaccine on humans, a defence ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Spokesman Yang Yujun said at a regular press briefing that the vaccine has been developed by a research team at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences.

"The vaccine has recently passed appraisal by state and military authorities and will begin clinical tests in December," Xinhua quoted Yang as saying.

Yang said the China-developed Ebola vaccine was the third one to have been put into clinical tests in the world. It is also the world's first 2014-genetic mutation Ebola vaccine.

Yang said that since September, the Chinese military had sent some 300 medical personnel and specialists to Sierra Leone and Liberia in western Africa to help control the Ebola virus disease epidemic.

He said the Chinese medical teams had worked closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), local governments and the UN peace keeping force in Liberia to jointly combat the spread of the deadly disease.