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Obama drawing attention to Ebola vaccine research

Published:Wednesday | December 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Obama drawing

attention to Ebola

vaccine research

WASHINGTON (AP):

President Barack Obama is highlighting advances in research for an Ebola vaccine and pushing Congress to approve his request for US$6.2 billion to confront the disease abroad and to secure against its spread in the United States.

He planned to congratulate National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins and the director of NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci (FOW'-chee), for their work on a vaccine.

A study published by US researchers last week concluded that an experimental Ebola

vaccine appears safe and

triggered signs of immune

protection in volunteers who tested it.

Obama's request for money to confront Ebola is pending before Congress. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says lawmakers should "take prompt action on this".