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U.K., Wellcome Trust Offer $10.8M For Ebola Research, As Scientists Say 30K Would Need Treatment

News outlets report on treatment and prevention research issues surrounding Ebola.

Reuters: U.K. and Wellcome offer $10 million for emergency Ebola research
“An emergency research call has been launched to help fight the world’s worst Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with the British government and the Wellcome Trust medical charity pledging a combined 6.5 million pounds ($10.8 million)…” (Hirschler, 8/20).

Deutsche Welle: Ebola: researchers now know how many doses we need of a vaccine that’s yet to exist
“A team of researchers from the University of Oxford have calculated the amount of medicine needed to fight the current outbreak of the Ebola virus in Western Africa…” (Schmidt, 8/21).

The Hill: Researchers: 30K need Ebola drugs to contain outbreak
“British scientists say production of experimental Ebola drugs and vaccines must be ramped up, estimating that at least 30,000 people need access to medications to stop the current outbreak…” (Al-Faruque, 8/20).

Reuters: Experimental Ebola drugs needed for ‘up to 30,000 people’
“…The World Health Organization (WHO) is hoping for improved supplies of experimental treatments and progress with a vaccine by the end of the year, after last week backing the use of untested drugs and vaccines…” (Hirschler, 8/20).

New York Times: Experimental Drug Used for Ebola-Related Virus Shows Promise
“An experimental drug has completely protected monkeys from lethal doses of a virus related to Ebola, bolstering confidence that a similar medicine might be effective if deployed in the current outbreak in Africa, researchers reported on Wednesday…” (Pollack, 8/20).