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WHO | Experimental Ebola vaccines

WorldHealthOrganization- The WHO has announced that they have been assessing the status of work to test and eventually license two candidate Ebola vaccines. The two candidate vaccines have clinical-grade vials available for phase 1 pre-licensure clinical trials.

Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First 9 Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections

TheNewEnglandJournalofMedicine- Report by the W.H.O. on the  clinical and epidemiological characteristics of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone during the first 9 months of the epidemic (as of September, 14, Senegal had reported only a single case). The report furthermore documents trends in the epidemic thus far and projects expected case numbers  Read More »

Ebola Crisis: Obama Says World Falling Short in Response

WallStreetJournal- President Barack Obama, during a high-level United Nations meeting on the Ebola outbreak,  criticized the international response to the epidemic in West Africa as falling short of what is needed to combat a crisis “spreading at alarming speed.” Specifically, Mr. Obama said institutions like the U.N. need to move faster, and more countries need to contribute  Read More »

Experimental therapies: growing interest in the use of whole blood or plasma from recovered Ebola patients (convalescent therapies)

Ebola virus disease currently has no vaccines or medicines approved by national regulatory authorities for use in humans save for the purpose of compassionate care. To date, the virus has infected 6242 people and killed 2909 of them. These figures, which are far greater than those from all previous Ebola outbreaks combined, are known by  Read More »

Ebola Epidemic Could Top a Million Victims If Not Contained, CDC Warns

National Geographic- Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa would fall ill with Ebola by late January if the infection rate stays the same as it was in August, according to a projection model released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).