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Experts Meet At WHO To Discuss Experimental Ebola Drug, Vaccine Testing

NPR: Medical Experts Look For New Ways To Test Ebola Drugs “Medical experts are meeting [Tuesday and Wednesday] at the World Health Organization in Geneva to figure out how to test potential Ebola drugs in Africa. In addition to determining which experimental drugs should be the highest priority, the experts…

MSF To Begin Ebola Drug Trials In West Africa Next Month

News outlets report on issues surrounding Ebola drug trials and note Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will begin clinical trials for two Ebola drugs in West Africa beginning in December. Nature: Ethical dilemma for Ebola drug trials (Hayden, 11/11). New York Times: Researchers to Test New Treatments in Countries Hit Hardest…

MSF Waited Too Long To Ask For Ebola Vaccine, Aid Group Veteran Says

Reuters: Exclusive: MSF should have called for Ebola vaccine earlier, says aid group veteran “Médecins Sans Frontières ‘wasted time’ by waiting too long to call for vaccines to fight an unprecedented outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, a veteran of the medical charity told Reuters. … [T]he emergency group relied…

G20 Leaders Urge Governments To Commit More Resources To Ebola Epidemic Reponses In West Africa

News outlets report on the G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, where leaders released a statement vowing to mobilize resources to end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Ebola also was addressed in the G20 Leaders’ Communiqué. Agence France-Presse: World leaders vow to ‘extinguish’ Ebola “The world’s most powerful economies vowed on…

Guinea’s Remote Villages Now Cooperating With Outside Health Workers

New York Times: Fear of Ebola Opens Wary Villages to Outsiders in Guinea “…Residents in [this remote Guinean] region have killed local officials proselytizing about Ebola, blocked barely passable roads with trees, and vehemently refused help from outsiders, viewing them as propagators of the virus in moon suits of protective…

U.S. Should Rethink Cuban Medical Defection Program

New York Times: A Cuban Brain Drain, Courtesy of the U.S. Editorial Board “…It is incongruous for the United States to value the contributions of Cuban doctors who are sent by their government to assist in international crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake while working to subvert that government by…