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News Outlets Continue To Discuss Ethical Issues Related To Experimental Ebola Treatment

News outlets discuss the debates surrounding experimental Ebola drugs.

Associated Press: Spanish Ebola patient gets experimental drug
“Spain has imported a U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for the killer virus…” (Giles/Cheng, 8/11).

BBC News: Resolving the ethics of the Ebola dilemma
“A group of ethicists will meet on Monday at the World Health Organization to discuss the wisdom or otherwise of making an experimental drug more widely available to those suffering from Ebola…” (Sokol, 8/10).

The Hill: Obama’s Ebola dilemma
“The Obama administration is grappling with ethical questions over its response to an increasingly dire outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. At the center of the debate is an experimental treatment given to two American Ebola patients that was facilitated in part by a U.S. government health worker. Calls are rising for health agencies to fast-track approval of the drug for use by African patients. But President Obama said that move would be ‘premature’ given questions about the serum’s effectiveness…” (Viebeck, 8/9).

Reuters/ABC News Australia: Ebola vaccine trials involving humans flagged as health crisis is expected to worsen
“A clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed nearly 1,000 people in West Africa, is expected to begin soon. British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is co-developing the vaccine with U.S. scientists which is said to have produced promising results in animal studies involving primates…” (8/11).

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