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British volunteer receives Ebola vaccine in second human trial

9/18/2014

The Washington Post
By Abby Phillip

A 48-year old British woman became the first volunteer to receive a dose of an experimental Ebola vaccine as a new trial began Wednesday at the University of Oxford.

Ruth Atkins, a former National Health Service nurse, received an injection in her upper arm on Wednesday morning, becoming the first of 60 participants in the trial.

In a statement, Atkins said that she felt "absolutely fine" after receiving what is currently known as the NIAID/GSK vaccine, after the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.

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