UN plans decision in August on mass Ebola vaccine program

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Posted: Feb 27, 2015 12:03 PM

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization says a decision will be made in August whether to recommend a program of mass vaccination against Ebola in affected countries.

The U.N. health agency says an independent expert group will weigh the results of ongoing clinical trials, the state of the epidemic and the logistical challenges of carrying out such a program.

At the moment, two Ebola vaccines are being tested, but it's unknown how effective they are or what dose might be needed to protect people against the deadly virus.

WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said Friday a final decision about whether to conduct widespread immunization would be taken by the ministers of the countries involved.

Almost 9,700 people have died from the Ebola epidemic that started in West Africa more than a year ago.