Hospitals in Europe are preparing for the possible spread of Ebola out of Africa as the World Health Organisation said a vaccine could be ‘rushed through’ by early next year.

Doctors at the specialised quarantine unit at Berlin’s Charite hospital today showed off their readiness, amid news that two Germans could be carrying the deadly virus.

One suspected victim was yesterday in isolation at a Hamburg hospital after coming down with a fever after a visit to Sierra Leone, where the virus has claimed 12 lives.


The preparations came as the WHO said a potential vaccine for the Ebola virus is being tested on humans and could be ready for widespread use by early 2015.

The hope for a breakthrough came as experts from affected countries prepared to meet this afternoon to discuss the use of experimental therapies for the illness.

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