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    Russia has received a request from Guinea to start using the vaccine recently developed by Russian against Ebola, and Moscow is ready to respond, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country had developed and registered a highly-effective vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus, even for HIV-positive people, for whom vaccines often do not work.

    "We have received a request from the Pasteur Institute of Guinea to start introduction of our two medicines in a comparative study, which involves the US vaccine produced by the Merck company," the minister said during a meeting with Putin, adding that Russia was fully ready to start "implementing the task."

    In turn, Putin said that he had already given the relevant instructions to the Foreign Ministry to help the Russian Health Ministry in its work "with foreign colleagues."

    An Ebola outbreak began in December 2013, spreading across Western Africa from Guinea to Liberia and Sierra Leone killing over 11,000 people in these three countries.

    Several Ebola cases were also recorded in some European countries and in the United States.


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