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Non-Injectable Ebola Vaccine Developed

Category: Science & Technology
Posted: 07:06AM

If you follow national or international news, you are likely aware of the current Ebola epidemic in Western Africa. This virus has a fatality rate as high as 70% and there are currently no licensed vaccines or treatments. There are vaccines in development though, and researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have actually created one that can be inhaled.

There are several advantages to being inhalable, including simpler storing, transportation, and administration requirements. Just not having to deal with distributing syringes as well as needle safety and disposal is important. This vaccine has also already proven effective in non-human primates as it improved survival from 67% to 100% when it was challenged, versus just a 50% survival rate, when applied by injection.

With success in non-human tests, the next step is phase I clinical trials, which will test it in human subjects. The researchers are also looking into if it can be administered as thin films placed under the tongue of a non-human primate.

Source: University of Texas at Austin

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