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News in Brief 31 July 2015 (AM)

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The Ebola vaccine is administered to a participant in the trial in Guinea. Photo: WHO/S. Hawkey

Ebola vaccine trial a “promising development”

Analysis that shows an Ebola vaccine trial has been highly effective is “an extremely promising development,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Preliminary results on the vaccine, known as VSV-EBOV, were published on Friday in the medical journal The Lancet.

WHO said while the vaccine shows 100 per cent efficacy in individuals, more conclusive evidence is needed.

Angelina Jolie Pitt meets with Myanmar displaced 

The Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie Pitt has said it is essential that all Myanmar’s people are engaged in discussions that affect their future.

Ms Jolie Pitt who is a special envoy for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

was speaking from Myanmar’s Kachin State, where she met with displaced people.

More than 100,000 have been displaced since 2011 following the breakdown of a cease-fire agreement between the national forces and ethnic armed groups.

Ms Jolie Pitt spoke with families and heard of their challenges to access basic services.

Libyan officers trained in sea rescues

Nineteen officers from Libya have been trained in saving the lives of migrants at sea by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

They participated in a two-day workshop in Tunisia this week organized by the agencies to assess procedures for saving lives at sea.

Topics covered included identification of vulnerable migrants and the provision of immediate humanitarian assistance when they disembark at a Libyan port.

The officers who took part in the workshop came from Libya’s Coast Guard, Port Security Department and Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration.

Two members of the Libyan Red Crescent also attended.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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