'Ebola outbreak spurs use of untested vaccine' [Marie-Paule Kieny @ RTAmerica]
- uploaded: Aug 13, 2014
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Over 1,000 people have died from the ongoing Ebola outbreak that began in West Africa in late 2013, prompting authorities to experiment with new, untested drugs. No proven vaccine exists to combat the deadly virus, but an untested drug made in San Diego may be able to save lives. Called ZMapp, the pharmaceutical had only been tested on animals when administered to two Americans infected with Ebola, and the patients have shown drastic improvements since receiving the treatment. RT’s Manila Chan takes a look at the drug and why the world’s leading medical authorities are willing to use the untested chemical cocktail.
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