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Ebola Vaccine Testing Underway After Green Light From Health Ministry

The testing of the Ebola vaccine will be ready to launch as the Ministry of Health has given it a green light. This happened after Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, the Health Minister, commissioned a clinical team of seven to start trials.

The team came from the Makerere University Lung Institute and will start the trials of the drug that shipped to Uganda on Thursday.

Technical officers from WHO will back up the team which will be led by Prof. Bruce Kirenga as well as other foreign experts. Aceng officially commissioned the team yesterday after the first batch of 1,200 doses drug arrived from the US. Dr. Charles Njuguna handed over the vaccine on behalf of the WHO to Aceng in Entebbe at the National Medical Stores.

She revealed that the vaccines for the Ebola virus from Sudan were far from ready. However, a lot of research had been conducted.

“When we put in the request, they had to start running the race,” she said.

She also revealed that the country is expecting to receive more vaccines. The vaccine will be tried with high-risk people.

Especially those who are most likely to catch the virus, mainly those who have had contact with patients. However, it should be noted that other people will also be included in the clinical trials

Participation in the clinical trials will be voluntary according to the team. The first clinical trial has come 83 days after the last outbreak of the disease happened in the country.

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