Volunteers start getting Ebola vaccine in Liberia - CBS NewsAs many as 30,000 Liberians will be injected with experimental Ebola vaccines over the course of a large-scale trial in the west African country.The vaccine contains a harmless part of the Ebola virus that scientists hope will prompt the immune system into forming antibodies to fight the disease.
The potentially life-saving medicine has been delivered to a secret location in Liberia, and initially administered to just 12 volunteers.
Eventually the trial, centred at the Redemption Hospital in the capital of Monrovia, will involve up to 27,000 adults. Among those will be frontline health workers.
The Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia (PREVAIL), a collaboration between the United States and Liberia, said trials would begin at other hospitals around Monrovia after the first 600 participants join the study.
A large-scale human trial of two potential Ebola vaccines got under way in Liberia's capital Monday, part of a global effort to prevent a repeat of the epidemic that has now claimed nearly 9,000 lives in West Africa.Ebola vaccine trials begin in Liberia - Channel NewsAsia
The trials in Liberia are taking place after smaller studies determined that the vaccines were safe for human use. By comparing them now with a placebo shot, scientists hope to learn whether they can prevent people from contracting the ghastly virus that has killed some 60 percent of those hospitalized with the disease.
The vaccines contain harmless fragments of the virus that trigger an immune response,
Researchers, led by the US National Institutes of Health, aim to enlist around 27,000 healthy men and women aged 18 and over, PREVAIL said. The candidate vaccines - GlaxoSmithKline's Chad3-EBO-Z and rVSV-ZEBOV, manufactured by Merck and Newlink - have been determined as safe for use on humans in smaller trials in several countries.
PREVAIL said the vaccines could cause pain, redness or swelling in the injected arm, as well as fever, headaches and tiredness, but added that the side-effects "typically have been mild to moderate and have gone away on their own".
Chemical causes a woman's body to destroy its own fetus with vaccine-induced antibodies
Tetanus vaccines given to millions of young women in Kenya have been confirmed by laboratories to contain a sterilization chemical that causes miscarriages, reports the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, a pro-vaccine organization.
A whopping 2.3 million young girls and women are in the process of being given the vaccine, pushed by UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
"We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen," Dr. Muhame Ngare of the Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi told LifeSiteNews. "They were all laced with HCG."
Mass Sterilization Campaign: UN Laces Tetanus Vaccine With Drug to Cause Miscarriages | LifeNews.com
Some potentially disturbing news out of Kenya: A statement signed by the 27 bishops of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops alleges that the World Health Organization and UNICEF are injecting Kenyan women with a tetanus vaccine that has been laced with a hormone that causes miscarriages and renders some women sterile.
The bishops make it clear in their statement that they are not opposed to vaccines, but are instead troubled that there are several inconsistencies with this vaccination program (such as batch numbers and administration protocol), and that testing results have shown the presence of Beta-HCG hormone, which is not normally present in tetanus vaccines.