Thursday, December 3, 2020
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Chinese scientists develop Ebola vaccine; new drug found safe in early human...

Chinese scientists develop Ebola vaccine; new drug found safe in early human trials

ebola-549471_640

By Newsgram Staff Writer

Scientist of the Beijing Institute of Biotechnology and the Tianjin Can Sino Biotechnology, have developed a new Ebola virus vaccine which will have lasting immunity. This vaccine has been found to be safe in the first phase, one trial based on the 2014 strain of the virus.

Until now, all tested Ebola virus vaccines have been based on the virus strain from the Zaire outbreak in 1976.

“On the basis of our findings, we believe that the Ebola vaccine we assessed has some potential,” said researcher Fengcai Zhu from the Jiangsu Provincial Center for Disease Prevention and Control in China.

“A significant advantage of this type of vaccine is that stable and much easier to store or transport in tropical areas with inadequate cold-chain capacity, such as Africa,” Zhu added.

For the trial, 120 healthy Chinese adults were randomly assigned in equal numbers to receive placebo, a low dose, or high dose of the vaccine.

The researchers found that 28 days after vaccination, 38 out of 40 participants in the low-dose group and all 40 of those in the high-dose group had a positive immune response to the vaccine, with participants in the high-dose group producing higher quantities of antibodies than those in the low-dose group.

However, the researchers are not sure if this vaccine will be the perfect vaccine to fight Ebola virus.
“Whether this candidate vaccine could become a final vaccine for widespread use against Ebola outbreaks is still uncertain, because of the issues of HIV-1 acquisition rates and the pre-existing immunity, especially in west Africa,” Zhu noted.

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,778FollowersFollow

Most Popular

Pets Played Lifesaving Role During Covid19 Pandemic: Study

In the absence of human-to-human contact, in millions of households worldwide, animals or pets have provided much-needed comfort via cuddles, pats, and a constant...

Digital December: OTT Platforms Are Back With A Bang This December

Digital platforms have provided relief and joy in a year engulfed by pandemic and lockdown. The mood continues into the last month of 2020...

One In Two Urban Indians Are Early Adopters Of Technology

One in two urban Indians, predominantly young and affluent, are early adopters of technology and are eager to buy new products as well as...

Haryana To Soon Have A dedicated Science City In Gurugram

Haryana will soon have a dedicated Science City in Gurugram with the purpose of giving practical information on science along with books to the...

Study: Re-Wilding Big Prey Animals Help Restoring Tiger Habitat

A new Wildlife Conservation Society-led first-of-its-kind study shows how to fully restore a key tiger landscape by re-wilding it with big, juicy prey animals. Publishing...

PETA India Named A Student From Prayagraj As The ‘Volunteer Of The Year’

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has named O P Jindal Global University student Ayan Banerjee as its 2020 'volunteer...

Actress Mrunal Thakur Says She Picks Roles Based On Stories, Not Co-Stars

Actress Mrunal Thakur says she likes to pick her roles based on stories and emotions, and not on the star quotient associated with the...

World Needs To Decrease Fossil Fuels Production By 6%

Even though countries plan to increase their fossil fuel production over the next decade, research shows that the world needs to decrease the production...

Recent Comments