China today said it has developed a vaccine to combat the spread of deadly Ebola virus that has killed more than 7,000 people in three West African countries, and the test of the drug on humans would begin this month.

Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters that the vaccine has been developed by a research team at the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, one of the top research units of China’s People’s Liberation Army.

“The vaccine has recently passed appraisal by state and military authorities and will begin clinical tests in December,” said Yang.

He said the China-developed Ebola vaccine was the third in the world to have been put into clinical tests in the world. It is also the world’s first 2014-genetic mutation Ebola vaccine.

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