Ebola: US Not Sending Experimental Drug To Africa Yet – Obama

US President Barack Obama said it was too soon to send experimental drugs for the treatment of Ebola to West Africa, which has been hardest hit by the deadly outbreak.

Obama on Wednesday said affected countries should instead focus on building a “strong public infrastructure,” adding: “I think we have to let the science guide us. And I don’t think all the information is in on whether this drug is helpful.”

The decision to use an experimental drug to treat two Americans infected with Ebola, while nearly 1,000 Africans have already died from the deadly epidemic, has sparked controversy.

Asked if, should the drug prove to be effective, he would support fast-tracking its approval in the United States, Obama replied: “I think it’s premature for me to say that because I don’t have enough information. I don’t have enough data right now to offer an opinion on that.”

Obama emphasized that Ebola, a hemorrhagic virus that kills more than half of those infected, “is not an airborne disease.

“This is one that can be controlled and contained very effectively if we use the right protocols.”

But he said: “the countries affected are the first to admit that what’s happened here is the public health systems have been overwhelmed. They weren’t able to identify and then isolate cases quickly enough.”

“As a consequence, it spread more rapidly than has been typical with the periodic Ebola outbreaks that occurred previously,” he added.

He said the United States is working with European partners and the World Health Organization to provide resources to help contain the epidemic.

“We’re focusing on the public health approach right now, because we know how to do that, but I will continue to seek information about what we’re learning with respect to these drugs going forward.”

A total of 932 people have died since March in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria, with 1,711 confirmed cases since the beginning of the year.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.
Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, red eyes, diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding, reports AFP.

6 COMMENTS

  1. In a situation where a contagious disease has a high case fatality rate, it is much better not to deny a victim the benefit of a so called experimental drug that has been found to be beneficial. To withdraw sea weed from a drowning man is the height of insensitivity to his plight. It will be unfair to go through all the phases of trial in other places when the subjects that can be used for the trial are right here in West Africa. Besides the complex of poverty, ignorance, illiteracy and cultural norms the pervade the West African sub region will hinder the effect of public. Health measures. Furthermore public health measures cannot suddenly change the attitude of religious leaders who gather hundreds of thousands of people in the name of miracles. The scientists in Africa should use the methodology used in America to obtain a similar anti-serum against the Ebola virus.

  2. My people this diseas is not from any animal the united state is behind this deadly diseas.it is all this their nonsense researchis befor obama will say it is not yet time to give africa experimental drugs,as you people can see this devils have the antivirus of this deadly virus they know what they are doing .they want to wipe africa out of this planet we should put hands toget reed of this diseas and the united state of america they are all devils.

  3. Dis is part of der wicked researches to reduce Africans, aids, sas in asia den, nw ebola….if dis disease as dey say is frm bats, pple will all hv bn dead b4 nw. US is spear headin dis deadly virus.. Shikenan!

  4. Whn d anti gay Bill was signed into law, d USA said they will use all reasonable means to make sure Nigeria reverse dat law. It was nt too long after dis comments dat d bokoharam intensified their bombing. D US nd d western wrld created dis disease nd tested it on Africa to see hw fast it can wipe away Africa. No wonder whn their 2 citizens were infected they immediately pull them back home nd use d drugs they had already manufactured in wait 4 d disease on dem. Now almost 1000 are feared dead in *Africa yet Obama said its nt yet time to send d drugs bt it was yet time to use d drugs on just 2 stupid citizens of their country. D US sees Africa nd Asia as a challenge in d wrld soon nd are bent destroying us. U black man, dis is a wake up call 4 u to knw dat d wrld hates d black race nd wants us extinct

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