Experimental Ebola vaccine processed in Maryland

FILE - This handout file photo taken Sept. 2, 2014, provided by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows a 39-year-old woman, the first participant enrolled in VRC 207, receiving a dose of the investigational NIAID/GSK Ebola vaccine at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. The hope is that the first human safety study of the vaccine might eventually be used in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way. (AP Photo/NIAID, File)

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says an experimental Ebola vaccine is being processed at a facility in Frederick.

The Frederick News-Post reported Thursday that the vaccine is a joint project between the federal agency and GlaxoSmithKline.

Agency spokeswoman Jennifer Routh says the active ingredients are sent to the plant on Geoffrey Way, where they are put into vials and prepared for use.

Routh says the vaccine is for use in clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, about 30 miles away. She says the trials involving human subjects began last month.

Routh says the vaccine includes parts of two Ebola subspecies called Zaire and Sudan. The World Health Organization says the Zaire subspecies is causing most of the current outbreak in West Africa.

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