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Russia Successfully Testing Ebola Vaccine on People

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Clinical trials of a Russian vaccine against the Ebola virus have been effective, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — "We are already using it [on people]," Golodets said, adding that use of the vaccine has been successful.

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In October, the Russian Health Ministry said the vaccine had been tested on around 200 volunteers and was "very well tolerated," with a low percentage of minor side effects.

An Ebola outbreak began in December 2013, spreading from Guinea to Liberia and Sierra Leone and killing over 11,000 people in these three countries. Liberia officially declared an end to the epidemic on its soil in October.

Russia has pledged to spend $11.7 million over three years on joint research with Guinea to combat infectious diseases and to train medical personnel.

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