THE key to a vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus could lie in Oxford.
Professor Adrian Hill, of Headington, is leading a team running trials of a new vaccine to tackle the disease.
Ebola has already killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa.
Prof Hill, of the Jenner Institute at Oxford University, is seeking 60 volunteers in Oxford so he can start safety tests for the vaccine next month.
A £2.8m grant from the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Council and the UK Department for International Development is funding the trials.
Similar tests will be carried out in the United States by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Prof Hill, director of the Jenner Institute, said: “The tragic events unfolding in Africa demand an urgent response.
“We and all our partners on this project are optimistic that this vaccine may prove useful against Ebola.”
Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
- Our top stories
7:43am Saturday 31st January 2015
IT'S been snowing overnight in Oxfordshire and here's some of the pictures our readers have sent in.
9:00am Saturday 31st January 2015
THE POPPY Appeal’s fundraising target has been smashed in the county.
3:17pm Saturday 31st January 2015
THREE men have been arrested after a man was left with "serious injuries," police say.
1:20pm Saturday 31st January 2015
A British military healthcare worker has been brought back to England for Ebola monitoring after suffering a needle-stick injury while treating a person in Sierra Leone.
9:30am Saturday 31st January 2015
Danny Hylton has warned Oxford United will get “eaten alive” at Stevenage today unless they match their hosts’ appetite for a battle.
8:30am Saturday 31st January 2015
BUILDERS and Oxford University dons have celebrated “topping out” one of Oxford’s newest and most prominent buildings.