Danish company developing Ebola vaccine

Human trials scheduled for 2015

August 15th, 2014 1:47 pm| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

As the Ebola outbreak continues to claim lives, the Danish biotech company Bavarian Nordic is currently testing a new Ebola vaccine on apes and expects to begin human trials in 2015, according to Medwatch.dk.

Bavarian Nordic has no plans to rush the vaccine into the market prematurely in response to the ongoing Ebola crisis, but it wouldn’t be adverse to the idea should the World Health Organisation come calling.

“Our technology MVA-BN, which our smallpox and Ebola vaccine is based on, has been shown to have a very favourable side-effect profile,” Ole Larsen, the financial head of Bavarian Nordic, told Medwatch.dk.

READ MORE: Low risk of Ebola outbreak in Denmark

Could save lives
Larsen went on to explain that no serious side effects had been registered with the companies smallpox vaccine, so he didn’t think that there would be much chance that the MVA-BN-based Ebola vaccine would have serious side effects either.

“This remedy is at a very early development stage in terms of seeing if it works, but if we can help save a lot of human lives by testing it before it’s approved, that is something we would discuss internally and seriously consider,” Larsen said.

29
Bits and Pieces
Lund Comedy Festival is back with another strong line-up of stand-up comedi...
The Man From Uncle (flickr.com)
At Cinemas: Mourning Freddy’s Daddy
This week began with sad news for horror fans: Wes Craven, the director of ...
There randy dandys might sell some Vespas, and they might sell some Armani, but they won't sell many tickets
Film Review of ‘The Man From Uncle’
Guy Ritchie – aka ex-Mr Madonna #2 who made his name as the director of L...
Graceland Randers opened in 2011 as a memorial to the rock and roll legend (photo: BKP, Wikipedia)
Elvis Presley’s heirs demanding that Danish Graceland changes its name
Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) is suing Henrik Knudsen, the owner of Gra...
The Bestseller Foundation invests in projects creating employment opportunities in agriculture and environmental conservation (photo: iStock)
Danish billionaire creating fund to support African entrepreneurs
Fashion mogul Anders Holch Povlsen has established a new private philanthr...
The new route could become permanent in the future (photo: YBen)
Historic first as Chinese flight lands at Copenhagen
When the Chinese airline Beijing Capital Airlines lands today at Copenhagen...