Vladimir Putin has claimed that Russia has developed a vaccine for the Ebola virus which has killed more than thousands of people in West Africa.

He announced the vaccine for the Ebola disease that has killed 11,000 in West Africa, but did not go into detail about how the vaccine works or any clinical trials about it.

The Russian president who likes to make headline announcements did not tell the vaccine’s name, nor did he say how it worked, who was developing it or give details of any trials.

“We have good news,” Putin was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti news agency.
“We have registered a drug against   Ebola , which after the corresponding tests has been shown to be highly effective, more effective than the drugs used worldwide up to now.”

Up to this date, there is no vaccine or treatment agaist Ebola available anywhere in the world.  The UN’s World Health Organization has urged for a fast-track development of drugs against the disease that killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa.

There were several promising attempts to develop a vaccine but none has yet been tested in general, non-infected populations – the gold standard for proving efficacy.

Also, none of the many potential treatments under investigation has been shown to work.

Russian   Health minister Veronika Skvortsova said at a government meeting with Putin that Russia has developed a vaccine that was “unique and has no equivalents in the world”.

In October 2014, Skvortsova said Russia expected to produce three Ebola vaccines within the following six months, and that one was ready for a clinical trial.
The Ebola epidemic is due to be declared soon with Liberia expecting the all-clear.


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