The Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has started the first Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone. The first set of vaccines will be administered to volunteer front line health care workers mainly from the Northern Province of Portloko, Bombali, Tonkolili and the Western Area.

Dr. Jane Steward Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) Team Leader said the vaccine has a very small trace of the Ebola virus, she noted that when it is introduced to the body the body will develop anti bodies to fight the Ebola virus in the vaccine.

Sounding rather optimistic Dr. Jane Steward said the CDC hopes the vaccine will prevent people from getting Ebola in the near future.

Answering questions about the timeliness of the vaccine Dr. Jane Steward said the CDC would have loved to see the vaccine reach Sierra Leone earlier than now however, she noted that the seven months period used to develop the vaccine should be applauded as a study of this nature usually takes over 10 years.

She commended the hard work of the Ministry of Health and sanitation and the college of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences whose efforts have made the vaccine development process a success.

When asked about insurance scheme for volunteer health workers Dr Steward said health care workers and Ebola frontline workers will be provided free medical care during and six months after the trial period.

So far as the trial process continues, there has been nothing to be seriously worry about.

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