MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

Russia could have Ebola vaccines ready within six months

Veronika Skvortsova | The Russian Government

Russia hasn't confirmed any Ebola cases as of Wednesday, but the country is having success in developing three vaccines for the disease.

Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova announced to journalists last weekend that the vaccines will be ready within six months. One of those is ready for clinical trials now, she said on Rossiya 1 television.

"We have created three vaccines and we think they will be ready in the next six months," she said during the broadcast.

One of the vaccines was created using an inactive strain of the Ebola virus, Valery Chereshnev, chairman of the State Duma's parliamentary committee on science and technologies, said.

Russia has implemented several concentrated efforts to safeguard citizens from the disease, Skvortsova said. Efforts include installing thermal cameras in its 71 airports to detect signs of the virus and monitoring 450 students from West Africa, where the disease is escalating, who are studying in Russian universities.

The three countries hit hardest by the virus are Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. More than 4,000 people have died from Ebola.

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