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China Sends Experimental Ebola Drug To Africa For Clinical Trials

News outlets report that China has sent an experimental drug developed by its military to Africa for clinical trials. Financial Times: China sends thousands of doses of anti-Ebola drug to Africa “China has sent thousands of doses of an experimental anti-Ebola drug developed by the Chinese military to Africa. The…

Blocking Transmission Key In Malaria Fight

Devex: Block transmission Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More “…[F]or malaria, the transit between mosquito and man isn’t just a joyride — it’s an essential step in reproduction. By blocking transmission, you isolate the mosquito and interrupt that process. … The classic approach to blocking transmission is to protect…

Research Continues To Develop Safe, Effective Ebola Vaccine

Media sources report on efforts to develop a vaccine to treat or prevent Ebola. CIDRAP News: At symposium, vaccine seen as best hope for arresting Ebola “At a wide-ranging symposium on West Africa’s Ebola epidemic [Tuesday], much of the attention focused on the hope of an effective vaccine, as a…

Investigational Rotavirus Vaccine In Late-Stage Clinical Trials

Reuters: Sanofi’s Rotavirus vaccine enters late-stage trials “French drugmaker Sanofi said on Tuesday an investigational vaccine designed by its Shantha Biotechnics unit to protect young children from severe diarrhea had entered late-stage clinical trials in India. The vaccine is aimed at rotavirus infections which cause gastroenteritis…” (Callus, 10/14).

Canadian Ebola Vaccine Begins Human Trials

News outlets report on the start of clinical trials testing a Canadian Ebola vaccine. Agence France-Presse: Experimental Canadian Ebola vaccine starts human tests (10/13). Globe and Mail: As vaccine trials begin, Canada set to review Ebola strategy (Wingrove, 10/14). Reuters: Human testing begins on NewLink Genetics’ Ebola vaccine (Grover, 10/13).…

U.S. Officials Comment On Dallas Ebola Cases, Research Into Vaccines

News outlets report on U.S. health officials’ statements about the U.S. Ebola cases and research for a vaccine. Agence France-Presse: First U.S. Ebola infection result of ‘protocol breach’ “A Texas health care worker has become the first person to contract Ebola on American soil, authorities confirmed, blaming a safety breach…

First African Ebola Vaccine Trial Begins In Mali

News outlets report on the beginning of the first African Ebola vaccine trial. The Hill: Ebola vaccine trial begins in Africa “The first Ebola vaccine trial in Africa has started under the supervision of the University of Maryland, according to a report. Three health care workers in Mali received the…

Ebola Raises Questions On Incentives For Drug, Vaccine Research

TIME: Ebola Should Change How We Fund Drugs for Emerging Disease “Emerging and infectious diseases are having a moment for all the worst reasons, with credit due to the Ebola outbreak. But scientists studying other emerging diseases beyond Ebola are hopeful that the attention on the disease — and what…

Testing Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine Raises Ethical, Logistical Questions

News outlets discuss the ethical and logistical challenges surrounding the testing of an Ebola vaccine. Bloomberg News: Ebola Vaccine Trials May Give Placebo to Those at Risk “As global health officials rush to begin human trials of two promising Ebola vaccines in West African medical workers, a daunting question remains unanswered:…