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Ngafuan Urges Affected Nations To Help Develop Ebola Vaccine
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 Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan



Ngafuan Urges Affected Nations To Help Develop Ebola Vaccine

By Calvin Brooks, LINA

MONROVIA, August 26 (LINA) - Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan has urged participants and partners from the three Ebola-hit countries to deliberate on the development of vaccines to tackle the disease in the sub-region.

Minister Ngafuan stated that the threat of Ebola created panic around the world that caused the United Nations Security Council to, for the first time, to declare it a threat to global peace and security.

The Liberian Foreign Minister made the call Wednesday when he officially opened a two-day Sub- Regional Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Collaboration Conference held under the theme: “Ethical and Regulatory Challenges During Emergency Situation”.

The two-day collaboration for EVD Vaccines and Therapeutic Trials taking place at the Monrovia City Hall is being attended by delegates from the three worst-hit Ebola countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

He noted that during the heat of the Ebola crisis in the three nations, ethical and regulatory standards were not a major concern to doctors whose aim was more to save lives than the ethical use of drugs.

He stressed that in Liberia the Ebola crisis exposed Liberians to many fears in many ways that led to the death of several health workers and family members in a bid to save lives, noting that it is not wrong to use an unproven intervention when its effectiveness is unknown.

Minister Ngafuan emphasized that some people may argue that it is unethical to use vaccines which have not been approved by a regulatory body, but many risks were taken with experimental drugs such as ZMapp, which was able to save some lives in the process.


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