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Ebola Vaccine Could Come To West Africa By January 2015

The World Health Organization said Tuesday that a vaccine is in clinical trials and results will arrive around December. If all goes well, it will be put to use in early 2015.

Posted on October 21, 2014, at 8:28 a.m. ET

Marie Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director general for health systems and innovation, after a news conference on Ebola candidate vaccines on Oct. 21.
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Marie Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director general for health systems and innovation, after a news conference on Ebola candidate vaccines on Oct. 21.

Clinical trials of a potential Ebola vaccine are underway in Europe, Africa, and the U.S. and could be in use in the world's most affected regions by January 2015, World Health Organization (W.H.O.) officials said Tuesday.

Dr. Marie Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director-general, said at a news conference that her group will receive data about whether the vaccines are safe in December. If all goes well, the medicine could get "real-world use" in West Africa by early next year.

The first round would include tens of thousands of vaccines, Kieny said.

Dr Kieny: Initial data from the candidate #Ebola vaccine clinical trials are expected to be available in December

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Dr Kieny: Initial data from the candidate #Ebola vaccine clinical trials are expected to be available in December

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Dr Kieny: #Ebola vaccine [once clinical trials are completed] is expected to be use in West Africa early 2015

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Dr Kieny: #Ebola vaccine [once clinical trials are completed] is expected to be use in West Africa early 2015

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Dr Kieny: Normal development of a vaccine takes years. Development of #Ebola vaccines has been accelerated

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Dr Kieny: Normal development of a vaccine takes years. Development of #Ebola vaccines has been accelerated

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Dr Kieny: Volunteers to the current candidate #Ebola vaccine clinical trials are healthy adults, 18-65 years old

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Dr Kieny: Volunteers to the current candidate #Ebola vaccine clinical trials are healthy adults, 18-65 years old

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