Canada to offer vaccine to African countries affected by Ebola

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 12:42:53 by
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The Government of Canada will offer its experimental vaccine for Ebola to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, West African countries most affected by the outbreak, which has caused at least 1,013 deaths.

The Deputy Director of Public Health of the Health Agency of Canada, Gregory Taylor, said that the authorities consider the experimental vaccine “as a global resource,” although it has clarified that “some conversations are necessary to determine its best use.”

Taylor has detailed that Canada has about 1,500 doses of the vaccine, and could send the affected countries between 800 and 1,000 doses, a figure described as ” estimated “, as reported by the Canadian television network CBC.

He also stressed that the Health Canada needs to keep a few doses to carry out toxicological studies, and to have resources in case you need to use if someone infected with the virus travels to the country.

Canadian authorities have already sent ten doses of the vaccine at a hospital in Geneva at the request of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The vaccine developed by the Government of Canada is different from the treatment devised by the Canadian pharmaceutical Tekmira against the same virus.

On Tuesday, a team of medical experts from the WHO concluded that “ethical ” use experimental drugs whose efficacy and adverse effects have not yet been verified, to “prevent ” and address the current outbreak of Ebola.

The WHO, which declared last Friday Ebola outbreak as ” an international public health emergency,” claimed Wednesday in Ethiopia the need to allocate $ 100 million to fight the epidemic virus, which has killed more than one thousand people in West Africa.

In Nigeria, last African country to join those harboring Ebola, is registered with the third death caused by the virus. It is Jatto Asihu Abdulqudir, 36 years old, an employee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which was in contact with the man who introduced the disease in this country in late July, has informed the agency African multinational.

The deceased is a protocol assistant was going to attend a meeting of this organization by the Liberian Patrick Sawyer, the man who brought Ebola to Nigeria in July. Abdulqudir had been quarantined. Nigeria has registered eight cases of Ebola since Sawyer entered the country on 20 July.

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