A healthcare worker dons protective gear before entering an Ebola treatment centre. Picture: AP Photo/Michael Duff, File

Moscow - Russia has allocated funds to conduct trials of two Russian vaccines against Ebola in Guinea, Russian Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova said Tuesday.

“Russia has allocated funding to carry out these field tests, as well as the necessary funding for the vaccination of the first 2 000 citizens of the Republic of Guinea,” Skvortsova said at a conference on Russia's efforts to tackle Ebola.

The Russian health minister added that the tests would be conducted on the basis of the Research and Diagnostic Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology built by the Russian RUSAL company in Guinea.

The most recent Ebola outbreak began in December 2013, spreading across Western Africa from Guinea to Liberia and Sierra Leone, killing over 11 000 people in these three countries.