Canada ships Ebola vaccine to WHO


Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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The Canadian government is to start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organisation on Monday for possible use in the West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak.

The government said in a news release that the Public Health Agency of Canada is supplying the vaccine to the UN agency in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO is the international co-ordinating body for battling the Ebola outbreak which has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa.

The release said Canada will send 800 vials of its experimental vaccine in three separate shipments.

The WHO will consult with its partners, including health authorities from the affected countries, to determine how best to distribute and use the vaccine, taking into consideration concerns about using an experimental vaccine on people.

Canada announced last month that clinical trials had started in the US on the Canadian-made Ebola vaccine, with results expected in December.

“This vaccine, the product of many years of scientific research and innovation, could be an important tool in curbing the outbreak,” said Dr Gregory Taylor, of Canada’s Public Health Agency.

“We will continue to work closely with the WHO to address some of the ethical and logistical issues around using this experimental vaccine in the fight against Ebola.”

Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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