Study for New Ebola vaccine
The jab is designed to tackle the Zaire and Sudan types of Ebola, which together have caused nearly all Ebola outbreaks and deaths worldwide.
It already has a few people lined up and the first vaccinations are taking place on Thursday.
In the new study, 26 people aged 18 to 55 will receive one dose of the ChAdOx1 biEBOV Ebola vaccine at the University of Oxford.
People will be monitored over a six-month period, with results expected in the second quarter of 2022.
The vaccine is based on the ChAdOx1 virus, a weakened version of a common cold virus that has been genetically modified so that it is impossible for it to replicate in humans.
This method has already been used successfully in the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
Teresa Lambe, associate professor at the Jenner Institute and lead scientific investigator at the University of Oxford, said: “Sporadic Ebola virus outbreaks still occur in affected countries, putting the lives of individuals especially frontline health workers at risk. We need more vaccines to tackle this devastating disease.”
Dr Daniel Jenkin, principal investigator of the trial at the Jenner Institute, said: “Recent advances have led to the approval of vaccines against one of the viruses that causes Ebola virus disease.
“However, this disease can be caused by several different species of virus and each of these may require a targeted immune response to offer protection.
“We have designed our new vaccine to target the two species of virus that have caused nearly all Ebola virus outbreaks and deaths, and now look forward to testing this in Phase I clinical trials.”
A further trial for the vaccine is due to start in Tanzania by the end of the year.