Swiss agency approves trial for experimental Ebola vaccine

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The Swiss agency that regulates new drugs has approved the application for a clinical trial with an experimental Ebola vaccine at the Lausanne University Hospital.

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Swissmedic says the trial will be conducted on 120 volunteer participants with support from the U.N. World Health Organization.

The agency said in a statement Tuesday that the trial continues a series that began in the United States, Britain and Mali, using a vaccine based on a genetically modified chimpanzee adenovirus.

The experimental vaccine is to be initially administered on healthy volunteers who will be sent as medical staff to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.