Ebola trial vaccine: Former nurse becomes first British volunteer to be injected
September 18 , 2014
Ruth Atkins, a former nurse, has become the first British woman to be injected with an Ebola vaccine that is still in its experimental stage, reports say.
The 48-year-old, a resident of Oxfordshire, said she had volunteered because she wanted to do something about the “tragic” situation in the Ebola-hit parts of west Africa.
GlaxoSmithKline, the British drug major, has already started manufacturing the untested vaccine, an effort that is being co-funded by the Wellcome Trust and the British government.
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