A former NHS nurse in the UK has become the first person to be injected with an experimental Ebola vaccine.
Ruth Atkins was given the jab in her arm and then carefully monitored by doctors for any side effects.
She is the first of 60 healthy volunteers to take part in a clinical trial at Oxford University’s Jenner Institute.
She was paid just £380 – not for the risk, but for any loss of earnings.
An hour after having the vaccine she said: “I feel absolutely fine. It felt no different to being vaccinated before going on holiday.
“I volunteered because the situation in West Africa is so tragic and I thought being part of this vaccination process was something small I could do to hopefully make a huge impact.”
The vaccine is made from a harmless chimpanzee virus that has been genetically modified to carry a benign payload of ebola DNA.
In related Ebola news, President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release of N200m for the Rivers State government as assistance in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, confirmed this in a statement issued on Wednesday night by his Special Assistant (Media and Communications), Mr. Dan Nwomeh, while giving an update on EVD.
Credits: Sky News | Punch