British woman is first volunteer to test new Ebola vaccine

A former NHS nurse has become the first Briton to test a potentially life-saving new vaccine to tackle the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

Ruth Atkins was injected with the experimental drug this morning at Oxford University.

If successful, it will be used to treat patients in West Africa where the worst ever outbreak has now killed more than 2,500 people.

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UK pledges further £3 million towards Ebola fight

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has pledged a further £3 million to countries and organisations fighting the Ebola virus after chairing an emergency meeting to discuss limiting the spread of the virus.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond chaired a COBR meeting on Ebola. Credit: ITV News

The money, which takes the total UK contribution to £5 million, will be used to help the World Health Organisation, Unicef and the International Rescue Committee to limit the virus' spread.

It will also go towards strengthening the health systems in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: “Medical advice remains that the risk to the UK is very low. The UK has an established, well-tested system to deal with any known or suspected imported case of this disease....The UK will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

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