Ebola vaccine 'promising' say scientists after human trial
The first human trial of an experimental vaccine against Ebola suggests that it is safe and may help the immune system to combat the virus.This is really good news; with almost nothing to lose, they should be taking this vaccine to Africa and using it on people really in harms way as soon as possible to find out if it really confers a practical immunity.
Twenty volunteers were immunised in the United States. Scientists at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) described the results as "promising".
The research is published in the New England Journal of Medicine(NEJM).
None of those immunised suffered major side-effects and all produced antibodies.
Dr Anthony Fauci of the NIH told the BBC: "On safety and on the ability to produce an appropriate immune response we can call this trial an unqualified success, even though it was an early Phase One trial."
The vaccine uses a chimpanzee cold virus which has been genetically engineered to carry a non-infectious Ebola protein on its surface.Oh noes; a GMO vaccine, not safe for liberals!