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Russia Plans to Start Testing Ebola Vaccine on Primates in March

© East News / AP Photo/Keystone,Jean-Christophe BottA nurse holds a dose of experimental vaccine "cAd3-EBOZ Lau"
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According to the Russian public health watchdog, Russia will start testing an Ebola vaccine on primates by the beginning of spring 2015.

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MOSCOW, January 20 (Sputnik) — Russia plans to start testing an Ebola virus vaccine on primates in the beginning of spring 2015, Russian public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor Chief Anna Popova said Tuesday.

“We hope that by the beginning of spring we will start testing on primates,” Popova told reporters at a press conference on Ebola threats.

There is still no vaccine to treat the virus, but several countries, including Russia, are trying to develop one.

“We are working on it, the work is effective, but I must say that as at today there is no effective vaccine from Ebola, but we hope that there will be a breakthrough,” Popova said.

According to Popova, the next stage will be clinical trials.

“Even if it will be effective for primates, it does not prove that if will be as effective and safe for humans,” Popova explained.

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Ebola is a deadly disease that spreads through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, or though contact with contaminated clothing or possessions.

Russia will send humanitarian aid to Ebola-hit Guinea in spring, Russian health care watchdog Rospotrebnadzor chief said.

“The humanitarian aid in Guinea is presumed, it is already pre-planned for spring 2015,” Popova said at press conference on Ebola.

The Rospotrebnadzor chief added that Russia had spent around $60 million on the fight against Ebola.

Current Ebola outbreak began in West Africa in the end of 2013, mostly affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The deadly Ebola virus has so far claimed the lives of more than 8,400 people with more than 21,000 cases of the disease registered, according to the WHO.

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