Experimental Canadian Ebola Vaccine To Be Shipped to Geneva

Experimental Canadian Ebola Vaccine To Be Shipped to Geneva

Global News

Release Date

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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  • U.S. Republicans call for travel bans; Obama appoints Ebola ‘czar’
  • WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Senegal
Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced Friday afternoon that 800 to 1,000 vials of the experimental Canadian Ebola vaccine that had been donated to the World Health Organization (WHO) will be shipped to Geneva on Monday. Clinical trials to determine its safety and appropriate dose will begin in the coming months.

Canada is also donating an additional $30 million–bringing the country’s total contribution to about $65 million–for the international Ebola containment effort. Ambrose said this was in response to an appeal from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for more funding.

The new money will go to WHO, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World Food Program, UNICEF and the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, said Ambrose.

The admission on Friday by the WHO in an internal document that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa comes after a week where nurses’ unions across Canada expressed serious concern at the level of preparedness at home.

The UN health agency blamed factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information, while Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions president Linda Silas said the protocols established by scientists and bureaucrats hadn’t yet made it to frontline healthcare staff.

Silas sent letters of concern to Federal Minister of Health Rona Ambrose and Chief Medical Officer at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Dr. Gregory Taylor mid-October. Silas said Friday PHAC is in the process of reviewing their Ebola guidelines; her union will be meeting with them on Monday and provide an update then.

“I convened a conference call with health ministers from across the country and I was very pleased to hear they felt ready,” said Ambrose Friday afternoon._x000D_

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