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Funding will be used to continue trials of BCX4430 and prepare for its large-scale manufacture.
The findings clear the way for the next step, which may require a change in venue.
The virus may be more stable than a study in August found.
An American health worker is in critical condition, and several US health worker contacts, and one from the UK, have been flown home for observation.
Another American health worker has been infected with Ebola in West Africa's outbreak region.
With its Mar 7 launch date, the trial's main goal is to see if ring vaccination can knock down Ebola hot spots.
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