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Scientists to test tailor-made vaccine tech to fight epidemics

LONDON: A global coalition set up to fight disease epidemics is investing up to $8.4 million to develop a synthetic vaccine system that could be tailor-made to fight multiple pathogens such as flu, Ebola, Marburg and Rabies. The deal, between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and a team of scientists at Britain’s Imperial College London is aimed at progressing a “vaccine platform” which uses synthetic self-amplifying RNA (saRNA). A vaccine platform is a system that uses the same basic…

Ebola-like Marburg virus kills two in Uganda: official

KAMPALA: Two people have died from the Marburg virus in eastern Uganda, in the country's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola-like pathogen in three years, the health ministry said on Thursday. "Blood samples were taken from two people who have since died and were found positive for Marburg", Uganda's health ministry permanent secretary, said Dr. Diana Atwine. She said a team of experts had been sent to Kween district, near the Kenyan border, to contain the virus. "At moment we don't know if there are other people…