MOSCOW, September 24 (RIA Novosti) – There is no vaccine yet, which could prove effective against the Ebola virus, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, the Russian consumer watchdog, said Wednesday.
“All we can say is that as of today the global community does not have such a vaccine [against the Ebola virus] despite all the promises, all the talk about currently conducted tests. There is no complete and effective enough product available yet,” Anna Popova said.
Russian scientists are still working on an Ebola vaccine, according to the official.
“To develop and prove the effectiveness of it is a very long process. The Russian Federation has been working on it for more than ten years so we all are waiting, looking forward to it,” the Rospotrebnadzor head added.
A Russian anti-epidemic team, including epidemiologists, virologists and bacteriologists from Rospotrebnadzor, is currently working in Guinea alongside international colleagues in the battle against the deadly Ebola virus.
The current Ebola outbreak was first reported at the beginning of the year in Guinea and then spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The Ebola death toll in West Africa has risen to more than 2,800 since the epidemic started, according to the latest WHO estimates.