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News Outlets Discuss Various Efforts To Develop, Test Ebola Vaccines

News outlets report on various efforts to develop and test Ebola vaccines. Associated Press: Johnson & Johnson plans Ebola vaccine testing (10/22). CQ HealthBeat: J&J Plans More Than 1 Million Ebola Vaccine Doses Next Year (Young, 10/22). Financial Times: GSK expects first doses of Ebola vaccine ready by year end…

Scientists Express Concern Over Temporary Ban On New Gain-Of-Function Research Funding

Science Magazine: Researchers rail against moratorium on risky virus experiments “A moratorium on certain risky virology studies imposed by the U.S. government last Friday has gone too far, a number of researchers said [Wednesday]. At a meeting at which experts were tasked with hashing out the risks and benefits of…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the Ebola epidemic and the global response to the disease. Hartford Courant: Ebola Shows Need For Global Health Security Office Elizabeth Bradley, director of the Yale Global Health Initiative, and Robert Hecht, managing director at the Results for Development Institute and visiting…

Scientific Community Ready For ‘Constructive Discussion’ Over Gain-Of-Function Research

Nature: A ripe time for gaining ground Editorial Board “Late last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced an immediate pause in all new government funding for gain-of-function (GOF) research — experiments to boost the transmissibility, virulence,…

Quickly Mobilizing Resources Vital To Successful Ebola Response In West Africa, Experts Say

MSNBC: Ebola aid groups worry about delays and staffing shortfalls “…[L]eading aid groups warn that staffing shortfalls, logistical challenges, and other bottlenecks could undermine efforts by the U.S and its partners to fight [Ebola in West Africa]. … Concerns about the Ebola response in West Africa go beyond finances. ‘It’s…

Obama To Meet With New U.S. Ebola Coordinator

News outlets report on the schedule for the newly appointed U.S. Ebola response coordinator, Ron Klain, as he assumes his new position. The Hill: Obama to huddle with Ebola czar “White House Ebola czar Ron Klain will spend Wednesday meeting with President Obama and senior administration officials responsible for coordinating…

Congressional Appropriators Examine Funding For CDC, NIH Ebola Efforts

CQ News: CDC, NIH Could Seek Additional Funds if Ebola Crisis Deepens “Appropriators are weighing whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health have enough funding to respond to the Ebola outbreak and still handle their regular duties, as the administration prepares a supplemental…

Two High-Profile Ebola Patients Cleared Of Disease In Spain, U.S.

News outlets report that a Spanish nurse and an American cameraman have recovered from Ebola virus disease. CNN: Freelance cameraman free of Ebola, can leave Nebraska hospital “Freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo no longer has the Ebola virus in his bloodstream and will be allowed to leave Nebraska Medical Center, the…

Number Of Chagas Cases Grows In U.S.

FOX News Latino: 300,000 people in U.S. have Chagas disease as country unsure how to deal with growing threat “…Chagas — along with its cousins dengue fever and the chikungunya virus — is a disease found mainly in Latin America, but is starting to gain a foothold in the U.S.…