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Ebola Trial Vaccine Ready for Sierra Leone

Ebola Trial Vaccine Ready for Sierra Leone

A representative from the Directorate of Reproductive and Child Health in the Ministry and Health and Sanitation, Dr. Santigie Sesay, has disclosed plans to test Ebola Trial Vaccine called EBOVAC-Sierra Leone in the Kambia District in the North of Sierra Leone.

He made the disclosure on Thursday, July 23rd, while addressing the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Health during a meeting in parliament at OAU Drive, Tower Hill, Freetown.

Dr. Sesay explained that those who will volunteer to take vaccine will receive two different vaccines in two months, furthering that the primary vaccine is AD 26 ZEBOV and the secondary one is called MVA-BN-FILO.

He went on that during the first stage, forty volunteer adults will be given the vaccine while the second stage will target 400 people including at least fifty children between the ages of 1to 5 years and fifty children between the ages of 6 to 12 years, adding that the third stage will target 3000 people including adults and children from 1 year and above.

Dr Sesay informed the committee that the EBOVAC-Sierra Leone study will be undertaken by a team of doctors and scientists and will be spearheaded by the Community Health Department in the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences involving many other partners including The Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the German Federation, the World Vision and others.

By Mohamed Yayah Turay

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