04/09/14 19:03 CET
| updated xx mn ago
| updated at xx
The World Health Organisation has fast-tracked the development of eight treatments and two vaccines to counter the Ebola virus.
Experts have gathered in Geneva to discuss the new drugs. The meeting follows a recent decision by the WHO to allow the use of experimental pharmaceutical products in the current Ebola epidemic, given its high death toll.
As such, some companies, such as NewLink Genetics Corp, have been given the go-ahead to begin initial testing of the vaccines on humans.
Charles Link Jr, Chairman and CEO of NewLink Genetics, explained the process.
“The clinical trials, as you know, do take some time. I think that everybody is trying as hard and furiously as possible to move those trials forward as rapidly as possible within the regulatory, scientific and ethical constraints, because many of these vaccines are first in human studies,” he said.
The race is on to develop new drugs and vaccines. Recent figures put the death toll from Ebola at over 1,900; a figure exceeding the total number of deaths recorded from every other known outbreak of the virus.
- 1Massive petition calls for EU referendum re-run
- 2Millions sign referendum re-run petition
- 3Iceland’s new President Gudni Johannesson off to France for the footy
- 4What will Brexit mean for EU migrants to the UK and British expats?
- 5David Cameron’s “unacceptable behaviour” to blame over referendum defeat, Oettinger tells euronews
- 1What will Brexit mean for EU migrants to the UK and British expats?
- 2Will English remain as the de facto EU official language?
- 3David Cameron’s “unacceptable behaviour” to blame over referendum defeat, Oettinger tells euronews
- 4Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty explained
- 5EU friendly London shocked after Britain vote to leave
Wires > News
- 19:41 CET Israel and Turkey agree to normalise ties – senior Israeli official
- 18:55 CET Turkish police fire tear gas in Istanbul to disperse Gay Pride…
- 18:51 CET Italy arrests second most wanted mafia boss
- 17:57 CET Iraqi commander declares defeat of Islamic State in Falluja
- 17:54 CET Fallout from British EU vote alarms Asia, deepens party conflicts
- 17:31 CET Rosatom’s global nuclear ambition cramped by Kremlin politics
- 17:07 CET Panama opens canal extension, only a dozen heads of state attend
- 16:48 CET Switzerland set to ask EU for limited migration curbs – president