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A Study to Find Out if the New Ebola Vaccine is Safe and Stimulates Immunity That Might Protect Adults in Kilifi, Kenya.

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02296983
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified April 2016 by University of Oxford.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : November 21, 2014
Last Update Posted : April 14, 2016
World Health Organization
Wellcome Trust
Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Tuebingen
Albert Schweitzer Hospital
Philipps University Marburg Medical Center
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
University Hospital, Geneva
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Oxford

Brief Summary:

Previous Ebola outbreaks have been limited to individual countries and contained by infection control activities. The current outbreak in West Africa is international, and air travel has resulted in a number of infected travellers crossing national borders. There are currently no specific treatments generally available for Ebola and the mortality is high, particularly in countries with limited intensive care facilities. There is currently no vaccine and the personal protection required by healthcare workers treating patients is cumbersome and requires full compliance to be protective.

There is now a consortium (VEBCON collaboration) of four clinical centres (in Kenya, Gabon, Switzerland and Germany), WHO and New Link Genetics (the vaccine manufacturer) under which this study will be conducted. The investigators are conducting this trial, a Phase I, open-label, dose escalation trial, designed to establish safety, tolerability and immunogenicity of two doses of VSVΔG-ZEBOV, an Ebola Virus Vaccine Candidate for the first time in sub-Saharan African populations.

The investigators plan to vaccinate 40 volunteers in Kenya. The trial will be conducted at the KEMRI-CGMR Coast site where healthcare workers (both clinical and laboratory) will be the primary target population as they are likely to be the recipients of a protective vaccine. The investigators will vaccinate a cohort of 20 volunteers at a low dose and then vaccinate a further cohort of 20 volunteers at full dose. Each volunteer will receive one dose of the vaccine. The investigators will follow them up for a period of one year looking to their safety and immunogenicity endpoints.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Ebola Virus Disease Biological: VSV-ZEBOV Phase 1

Detailed Description:

This study is being conducted to assess safety and immunogenicity of an experimental ebola vaccine.

An outbreak due to the Ebola Zaire (ZEBOV) strain of unprecedented magnitude and scope and with a high mortality continues to spread across West Africa. No vaccine is currently licensed.

The specific opportunity at hand with rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP (BPSC1001) is to achieve long-lasting protective immunity to ZEBOV on a time scale of weeks in humans upon a single-shot vaccination, offering a discrete benefit over prime-boost vaccination protocols. The current outbreak represents a global health emergency and the need for access to therapeutic intervention and vaccines is paramount.

The vaccine investigated in this study might provide a critical tool to suppress future out-breaks of EVD in areas at risk.

This study is 1 of 4 clinical trials currently conducted as part of the WHO-led VEBCON consortium, aiming to generate harmonized data for the rVSVΔG-ZEBOV-GP (BPSC1001) vaccine candidate to allow optimized rapid decisions on dose and safety.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 40 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Phase 1, Open-Label, Dose-Escalation Study to Evaluate the Safety and Immunogenicity of the BPSC1001 (VSVΔG-ZEBOV) Ebola Virus Vaccine Candidate in Healthy Adult Volunteers in Kilifi, Kenya.
Study Start Date : December 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : February 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date : September 2016

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Low dose arm
The low dose cohort will receive an intramuscular (deltoid) injection of 3x106 pfu of VSV-ZEBOV vaccine.
Biological: VSV-ZEBOV
Other Name: BSPSC1001

Experimental: Full dose arm
The full dose cohort will receive an intramuscular (deltoid) injection1x107 pfu of VSV-ZEBOV vaccine.
Biological: VSV-ZEBOV
Other Name: BSPSC1001

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. The nature, frequency, and severity of adverse events (AEs) and/or serious adverse events (SAEs) with causal link to the study intervention [ Time Frame: Days 0-30 ]
    To evaluate the safety and tolerability of two different doses of VSVΔG-ZEBOV vaccine

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Incidence and severity of local and systemic reactogenicity signs and symptoms [ Time Frame: Day 0-28 ]
  2. Incidence of unsolicited adverse events (AEs) [ Time Frame: Days 0-28 ]
  3. Incidence of serious adverse events (SAEs) [ Time Frame: Days 0-365 ]
  4. Distribution of values of safety laboratory measures at baseline and at follow-up visits post-vaccination [ Time Frame: Day 0-30 ]
    The distribution of values of safety laboratory measures will include the assessment of complete blood count (with differential white cell count), creatinine and alanine transaminase levels at baseline and day 7 and 30 following vaccine administration.

  5. Persistence of titres of ZEBOV-specific IgG antibodies [ Time Frame: 0-180 days ]
  6. Detection, magnitude and duration of VSV-ZEBOV viraemia and shedding [ Time Frame: Day 1, 3 and 7 ]
    The detection and concentration (copies/ml) of rVSV (viral shedding) will determined in blood, urine, or saliva samples to evaluate VSV vaccine viraemia following vaccine administration. The duration will be determined by the last timepoint with detectable viraemia.This is a composite measure.

  7. Titres of neutralising ZEBOV-specific IgG antibodies [ Time Frame: Days 7, 30, 60, 90, 180 and 365 ]
  8. Pattern of ZEBOV specific T cell responses [ Time Frame: Days 7, 30, 90, 180 and 365 ]
  9. Titers of ZEBOV-specific IgG antibodies [ Time Frame: Days 0-28 ]
    Important for dose selection

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • • Have provided written informed consent prior to screening procedures (i.e. participants must be literate).

    • Healthy adult male or non-pregnant, non-lactating female, ages 18 to 55 (inclusive) at the time of screening
    • Free of clinically significant health problems, as determined by pertinent medical history, clinical examination and blood tests at screening
    • Available, able, and willing to participate for all study visits and procedures
    • Negative pregnancy-test for female volunteers
    • Females, of non-childbearing potential who are post-menopausal (i.e. ≥ one year without menses) or surgically sterilized (tubal ligation, bilateral oophorectomy, or hysterectomy)
    • Females, of childbearing potential, who are willing to use effective methods of contraception for 14 days before vaccination and 30 days after vaccination.
    • Males who are willing to use effective contraception following vaccination for a period of one week.
    • Be willing to minimize blood and body fluid exposure of others for 5 days after vaccination

Exclusion Criteria:

  • • History of severe local or systemic reactions to any vaccination or a history of severe allergic reactions.

    • Known allergy to the components of the BPSC1001 vaccine product
    • Unable or unwilling to stay in the study area for the period of the study and comply with study procedures.
    • Ongoing participation in another clinical trial
    • Receipt of licensed vaccines within 14 days of planned study immunization (30 days for live vaccines)
    • Acute or chronic, clinically significant psychiatric, hematologic, pulmonary, cardiovascular, or hepatic or renal functional abnormality as determined by the investigator based on medical history, physical exam, and/or laboratory screening test
    • Any serologic evidence of hepatitis B SAg or HIV infection.
    • Any confirmed or suspected immunosuppressive or immunodeficient condition, cytotoxic therapy in the previous 5 years, and/or uncontrolled diabetes
    • Have an active malignancy or history of metastatic or hematologic malignancy
    • Suspected or known alcohol and/or illicit drug abuse within the past 5 years
    • Moderate or severe illness and/or fever >38°C within 2 weeks prior to vaccination
    • Pregnant or lactating woman or a woman who intends to become pregnant within 30 days following vaccination.
    • Administration of immunoglobulins and/or any blood products within the 120 days preceding study entry or planned administration during the study period
    • Administration of chronic (defined as more than 14 days) immunosuppressant's or other immune modifying drugs within 6 months of study entry
    • Any other significant finding that in the opinion of the investigator would increase the risk of the individual having an adverse outcome from participating in this study

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02296983

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KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme
Kilifi, Coast, Kenya, 80108
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oxford
World Health Organization
Wellcome Trust
Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Tuebingen
Albert Schweitzer Hospital
Philipps University Marburg Medical Center
Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf
University Hospital, Geneva
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Principal Investigator: Philip Bejon, MD, PhD KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Collaborative Research Program
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Agnandji ST, Huttner A, Zinser ME, Njuguna P, Dahlke C, Fernandes JF, Yerly S, Dayer JA, Kraehling V, Kasonta R, Adegnika AA, Altfeld M, Auderset F, Bache EB, Biedenkopf N, Borregaard S, Brosnahan JS, Burrow R, Combescure C, Desmeules J, Eickmann M, Fehling SK, Finckh A, Goncalves AR, Grobusch MP, Hooper J, Jambrecina A, Kabwende AL, Kaya G, Kimani D, Lell B, Lemaître B, Lohse AW, Massinga-Loembe M, Matthey A, Mordmüller B, Nolting A, Ogwang C, Ramharter M, Schmidt-Chanasit J, Schmiedel S, Silvera P, Stahl FR, Staines HM, Strecker T, Stubbe HC, Tsofa B, Zaki S, Fast P, Moorthy V, Kaiser L, Krishna S, Becker S, Kieny MP, Bejon P, Kremsner PG, Addo MM, Siegrist CA. Phase 1 Trials of rVSV Ebola Vaccine in Africa and Europe. N Engl J Med. 2016 Apr 28;374(17):1647-60. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1502924. Epub 2015 Apr 1.

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Responsible Party: University of Oxford Identifier: NCT02296983    
Other Study ID Numbers: OXTREC 71-14
SSC 2976 ( Other Identifier: KEMRI Scientific Steering Committee )
First Posted: November 21, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 14, 2016
Last Verified: April 2016
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Virus Diseases
Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola
Hemorrhagic Fevers, Viral
RNA Virus Infections
Filoviridae Infections
Mononegavirales Infections