Via The Courier: British woman tests Ebola vaccine. Excerpt:
A healthy Briton has today become the first volunteer to receive a potentially life-saving new vaccine to tackle the Ebola virus spreading through West Africa.
Ruth Atkins, a communications manager in the NHS from Marcham in Oxfordshire, was injected with the experimental drug this morning as part of a safety trial carried out by experts at the University of Oxford.
She is one of 60 volunteers who are taking part in the UK trial over the coming weeks which has been fast tracked because of the worsening outbreak.
Two more volunteers will be given the jab on Friday.
Ms Atkins, who has also worked as a nurse in the NHS, said: "I feel absolutely fine, it felt no different to being vaccinated before going on holiday."
She added: "It's that one step and I'm part of that first step."
Ms Atkins, 48, who was only accepted for the trial on Monday after completing screening tests last week, will keep a diary of her side effects over the next eight weeks and undergo regular blood tests.