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Ghana Suspends Ebola Vaccine Trial

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 6:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
  • Accuses Foreign Firm Of Using Locals As Guinea Pigs

Ghana has suspended a trial for an Ebola vaccine after complaints that locals were being used as guinea pigs despite proven records that the country is free of the deadly disease.

In the Phase 1 safety trial for one of the vaccine candidates developed by American pharmaceutical firm, Johnson and Johnson and Denmark’s Bavarian Nordic in the South Eastern Volta region, locals were given a mobile phone and nearly $5 each.

It was, however, halted by the Ghana Health Minister, Alex Segbefia, after series of opposition.

This was confirmed by the minister’s spokesman, Tony Goodman, during an interview with Ghana’s Citi FM radio.

“The minister has got a lot of calls from numerous Ghanaians saying that they are not interested in any trial. So he said… the trial should be suspended until he returns to look at the issues,” Goodman said.

The country had agreed to join other countries in hosting trials to test the safety and effects of two experimental vaccines against a virus that has killed more than 11,150 people in the region.

But leaders of the ruling National Democratic Congress in the Volta region said the trial was a needless experiment, prompting the halt.