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Ebola kills over 2,000 in west Africa - WHO

Results of clinical trials of two perspective vaccines for fight against a virus will be ready by November, 2014

GENEVA, September 05, /ITAR-TASS/. The Ebola virus killed 2,105 people in west Africa and 3,967 are infected, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.

Liberia tops the list of the countries with the highest death toll, with 1,089 deaths from the deadly virus, which is resistant to any existing drugs and vaccines known to date.

Liberia remains the most vulnerable country, where 200 cases have been registered every week over the past three weeks, the WHO said.

The virus is spreading fast in the provinces of Lofa and Montserrado and is threatening the capital Monrovia with the population of one million people.

Sierra Leone registers 150 new Ebola cases every week.

The WHO response plan aimed at counteracting this virus disease envisages that it will take from six to nine months to curb the outbreak while well over 20,000 people might be infected for this period of time.

The United Nations estimates that 600 million dollars are needed to root out the Ebola virus on a global scale.

The United Nations is ready to monitor how the ceasefire is being implemented in eastern Ukraine, if it receives a request from the parties in conflict, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

The U.N. is always ready to play its role, he said.

The Contact Group for Ukraine that met in the Belarusian capital of Minsk on Friday signed a protocol on ceasing fire in eastern Ukraine and a 12-point peace plan to settle the Ukraine crisis, which provides, among other things, for international monitoring on how the ceasefire is going to be implemented.

Dujarric told journalists that Ban Ki-moon had welcomed the agreements reached and had urged all the parties in conflict to take concrete steps to observer and implement the ceasefire agreements.

Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of creating a universal mechanism for monitoring the ceasefire regime. He also said that the truce would allow the United Nations and other relief agencies to deliver aid to the population in the conflict-stricken regions.

The U.N. secretary-general repeated there was no military solution for Ukraine. He urged all the parties in Ukraine conflict to get down to the liquidation of consequences of military hostilities in conditions of “safe, stable and sovereign Ukraine.