Putin has announced that Russia have successfully developed the world’s first vaccine to cure the Ebola virus.
The vaccine, which is as yet unnamed, has been registered in Russia after tests showed it to be effective at curing the disease which has killed thousands of people in west Africa.
RIA Novosti news agency quoted Putin as saying, “We have good news!“.
“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.”
Yahoo News reports:
To date no approved vaccine or treatment for Ebola exists and the UN’s World Health Organization has authorised the fast-track development of drugs.
The pharmaceutical scramble sparked by the two-year Ebola crisis — which killed more than 11,000 people in west Africa — has yielded several promising vaccine candidates but none has yet been tested in general, non-infected populations — the gold standard for proving efficacy.
Similarly, none of the many potential treatments under investigation has been shown to work.
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 over on Thursday with Liberia expecting the all-clear.