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U.S. Seeks Patent On Ebola Virus

International Business Times: The U.S. Government Wants To Patent The Ebola Virus, Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing “U.S. government researchers are embroiled in a five-year fight with the Patent and Trademark office for a patent on the Ebola virus. Though the effort sounds ominous, it could accelerate the pace…

U.S. Leadership Helping Turn Tide Against Ebola In West Africa

U.N. Dispatch: How American Leadership is Succeeding in Ending the Ebola Outbreak Mark Leon Goldberg, managing editor of U.N. Dispatch, writes, “If present trends [of decreasing numbers of new Ebola cases] hold and this is in fact the beginning of the end of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the…

National Journal Examines U.S. Funding For Ebola Efforts

National Journal: Is Ebola Funding One Thing the White House and Congress Can Agree On? “Tensions are high between the White House and Congress following Tuesday’s elections, but the Obama administration is confident it’s found one area where Democrats and Republicans can still work together: fighting Ebola…” (Novack, 11/6).

Canada’s Tekmira To Produce Experimental Ebola Treatment For U.S. DoD

Reuters: Tekmira to produce Ebola treatment for U.S. Dept of Defense “The U.S. Department of Defense has exercised an option with Canada’s Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. for the company to make 500 courses of its experimental treatment for Ebola, Tekmira said on Thursday. The treatment targets the Ebola-Guinea virus variant, which…

CDC Issues ‘Watch’ Alert For Chikungunya In Caribbean; At Least 800K Affected In Region

New York Times: A Mosquito-Borne Virus Sweeps the Caribbean “…[A]t least 800,000 people this year in the Caribbean and surrounding nations … contracted the chikungunya (pronounced chik-en-GUN-ya) virus, a mosquito-borne illness similar to dengue, which causes fever and muscle pain that is sometimes severe. … Nearly 1,500 travelers to the…

U.S. Researchers Unsure Of Impact Of Temporary Federal Ban On Some Experiments

NPR: How A Tilt Toward Safety Stopped A Scientist’s Virus Research “As cases of a worrisome respiratory virus continue to pop up in the Middle East, scientists who study it in the U.S. are struggling to understand how they’ll be affected by a government moratorium on certain kinds of experiments…”…

Improved Transparency For DoD Development Assistance Would Help Coordination, Resiliency

The Hill: Will the new Congress be serious about accountability? Diana Ohlbaum, an independent consultant who serves as co-chair of the Accountability Working Group of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network “…Given the Pentagon’s prominent role in building everything from foreign militaries to Ebola treatment facilities, American taxpayers have a right…

Policies Can Spur Robust Antibiotic Development Pipeline

Health Affairs Blog: Addressing The Threat Of Antibiotic Resistance: Policy Solutions To Fix A Broken Pipeline Rachel Zetts, who supports research and advocacy for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ antibiotics and innovation project, and Allan Coukell, Pew’s senior director for drugs and medical devices, examine the antibiotic development pipeline and discuss…

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