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Trial Ebola vaccine volunteer: 'I wanted to help'

A woman has become the first healthy UK volunteer to receive a trial Ebola vaccine in Oxford.

Ruth Atkins, a communications and engagement manager in the NHS, was injected with the trial Ebola vaccine in her upper arm on Wednesday morning, after a clinical assessment and a blood sample was taken.

She is the first of 60 volunteers to participate in the safety trial carried out by the University of Oxford.

Ms Atkins, who has previously worked as a nurse in the NHS, said: "I volunteered because the situation in West Africa is so tragic and I thought being part of this vaccination process was something small I could do to hopefully make a huge impact."

  • 17 Sep 2014
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