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U.S. Completes Destruction of Sarin Precursors from Syria on the Cape Ray

(Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) All 581 metric tonnes of a precursor chemical for sarin gas that were removed from the Syrian Arab Republic and trans-loaded onto the U.S. Maritime Vessel Cape Ray in early July, have been destroyed with neutralisation technology aboard the ship while sailing in international waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  Read More »

WHO OKs use of experimental drugs for Ebola patients in West Africa

(Los Angeles Times) A World Health Organization panel advised Tuesday that it was ethical to use experimental, non-approved drugs to combat the Ebola virus in West Africa, and that five such treatments were being considered for “compassionate use”. “There was unanimous agreement among the experts,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, assistant director general of health systems  Read More »

Limited Ebola Drugs Raise Ethical Questions

(Newsmax) A panel of ethicists convened by the World Health Organization Monday will begin weighing whether drugs that haven’t been widely tested for safety should be used in an outbreak where about 40 percent of infected people survive with just supportive care. If so, the panel members must address who gets the medicines, which so far  Read More »

Second Drug Is Allowed for Treatment of Ebola

( NY Times) The Food and Drug Administration helped clear the way on Thursday for a second experimental drug to be tried by people in Africa stricken with the Ebola virus. The drug, being developed by Tekmira Pharmaceuticals of British Columbia, was in the initial phase of human testing, which is on healthy volunteers, when the  Read More »

Biological Weapons Convention Experts Meeting Concludes

(United Nations Office at Geneva) The 2014 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting of Experts was held at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 4 to 8 August 2014.  Formally known as the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, the Convention was  Read More »