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Russia starts production of Ebola vaccine for Congo in Novosibirsk

Christian Fernsby ▼ | November 12, 2019
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev gave the go-ahead to begin the production of an Ebola vaccine for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other African nations stricken by the deadly virus.
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Medicine   "Please, start. It's a very important task"
Vector State Research Center for Virology and Biotechnology in the Novosibirsk Region, one of the world's leading institutions of its kind, has developed what it calls the EpiVacEbola and is ready to produce the first batch of 5,000 doses, according to employees at the facilities.

"Please, start. It's a very important task," Medvedev said, launching the production.

Medvedev, during his visit to the center as part of a working trip to Novosibirsk, congratulated the institution on becoming a Collaborating Centre for Influenza within WHO.

As a collaborating center, Vector will be responsible for providing accurate, weekly updated data on the influenza activity in Russia and central Asia, including monitoring mutations of the seasonal virus.

The lab's general director, Dr. Renat Matsuyov, expressed to the prime minister his satisfaction at receiving the prestigious status.