Gist: Obama "I dont have enough Info to send ZMapp (Ebola supposed Cure) to Africa"  (Read 1494 times)

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Two US aid workers striken by the virus were administered ZMapp in Liberia ahead of their evacuation to America for treatment. Their condition appears to be improving, but it is unclear if the drug is directly responsible.

ZMapp is a drug made from antibodies produced in a lab that has never gone through human trials or been approved by the US’s FDA Food and Drug Administration. Producing ZMapp is also slow process as antibodies have to be produced on specially modified tobacco leaves.

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest figures show 932 deaths across four countries have been blamed on the illness, with 1,711 reported cases. In Saudi Arabia, a man suspected of contracting Ebola during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone also died early on Wednesday in Jeddah, the Health Ministry announced.

Speaking at a news conference at the end of an African summit, the US President said he lacked enough information to give the green light on distributing the experimental treatment, insisting the world must "let the science guide us".

"I don't think all the information is in on whether this drug is helpful,” said Mr Obama.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/obama-too-early-to-send-ebola-virus-experimental-drug-to-africa-as-who-meets-to-consider-if-outbreak-is-global-health-emergency-9653050.html


 

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