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Wits prof at Ebola vaccine vanguard

A South African scientist, Professor Helen Rees of the University of the Witwatersrand, is at the vanguard of the global search to find an effective Ebola vaccine and chaired a recent meeting of experts trying to fast-track the development of three promising vaccines.

'If we pull this off, it will be fantastic,' said Rees, who is executive director of the university's Reproductive Health and HIV Institute in a Sunday Times report. She said that even if the first vaccines were only partly effective, and offered short-lived protection, it could help stop the outbreak in West Africa.

'This epidemic is far from over. It is critically important that we start efficacy studies for a vaccine as soon as possible.'

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