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U.S. Officials, European Consortium At Odds Over Ebola Drug Trials Lacking Control Arms

Wall Street Journal: Europeans’ Plan to do Uncontrolled Ebola Trial Draws Fire “A consortium including European universities and medical groups plans to give experimental drugs to West African Ebola patients without assigning some to a placebo group, touching off an intense trans-Atlantic quarrel over what is ethical and effective in…

GHTC Explores How Upcoming Election Could Impact Global Health R&D

Global Health Coalition’s “Breakthroughs”: How the upcoming election could impact global health R&D Jenny Howell, GHTC’s senior policy and advocacy associate, discusses “what the outcomes of next week’s election could mean for global health research and development (R&D)” (10/30).

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the Ebola epidemic and responses to mitigate the virus’s spread. Nature: Call to action Editorial Board “Science has so far taken a back seat as the Ebola outbreak has continued to spread. Research has deferred to the need to gear…

Two Experimental Ebola Vaccines Move Into Clinical Trials

News outlets report on recent moves to test two different experimental Ebola vaccines. Associated Press: Swiss agency approves trial for Ebola vaccine “…Swissmedic said the trial will be conducted among 120 volunteer participants with support from the U.N. World Health Organization. The experimental vaccine is to be initially administered on…

Scientific Discovery On Ebola, Filoviruses Has Advanced But More Needed, Experts Say

Nature: The Ebola questions “…[T]he advances in knowledge about filoviruses [gained since their discovery in the 1960s] have also exposed the gaps. Scientists suspect that more members of the filovirus family remain to be discovered… They are also working to understand which animals naturally harbor filoviruses and why human filovirus…

HIV Presents Specific Challenges In Vaccine Development

Huffington Post: HIV/AIDS Presents an Unprecedented Challenge to Developing a Vaccine Robert Gallo, director of the Institute of Human Virology “As the world focuses on Ebola, we must not forget that HIV/AIDS presents a far greater challenge in the world of vaccines. … Unlike Ebola, at the heart of the…

U.S. Senators To Introduce Bill Aimed At Speeding Development Of Ebola Drugs

News outlets report that leaders of the U.S. Senate Health Committee are planning on introducing a bill that would offer incentives for companies to develop Ebola treatments and vaccines. Chattanooga Times Free Press: Lamar Alexander to introduce bill to speed development of Ebola treatment “Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander will…

South African Researcher Wins Prize For Work On HIV Prevention

The Guardian: The South African HIV scientist who gave girls back control of their bodies “Last weekend Quarraisha Abdool Karim, one of South Africa’s top HIV researchers, became the first woman to receive a US$100,000 (£62,000) prize for developing world scientists. The prize is a welcome recognition for the 54-year-old…

WHO Meets With Industry Leaders To Accelerate Ebola Vaccine Development

News outlets report on a meeting among WHO and pharmaceutical company representatives to discuss the research and development of Ebola vaccines. Agence France-Presse: WHO eyes mass Ebola vaccines by mid-2015 (Fowler, 10/24). Associated Press: WHO: Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready in 2015 (Cheng, 10/24). BBC News: Millions of Ebola vaccine…

U.S. Military, Administration, Congress Make Moves To Better Respond To Ebola Domestically, In West Africa

Media sources report on U.S. military, administration, and congressional actions to address Ebola domestically and internationally. DoD News: Health Chief Outlines Precautions for Ebola Response Troops “Fighting the West Africa Ebola epidemic is immediately and strategically important to the United States, and the Defense Department is taking every precaution to minimize…