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Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine

Breakthrough in quest for Ebola vaccine

July 31, 2015

PARIS, July 31 — An Ebola test vaccine provided blanket protection in a field trial in Guinea, said researchers today, possibly heralding “the beginning of the end” for the devastating West African outbreak that has killed thousands. The serum was 100-per cent effective, after a week, in more than 7,600 people innoculated, according to results published in The Lancet and hailed as “extremely promising” by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Margaret Chan. The world was “on the... Read more

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers questions during the Prime Minister’s Questions at parliament in Athens, Greece July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras answers questions during the Prime Minister’s Questions at parliament in Athens, Greece July 31, 2015. — Reuters pic