Ebola Update – Noon Briefing (9 January 2015)

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United Nations – Ebola Update by Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General at the Daily Noon Briefing at UN Headquarters in New York (9 January 2015).

On Ebola, the World Health Organization concluded a meeting with researchers, regulators, vaccine developers and policy makers on vaccines.

Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, Assistant Director-General of Health Systems and Innovation at the World Health Organization, said in a press conference that so far, the 2 Ebola vaccines that have already undergone the first phase of testing have an acceptable safety profile.
The third phase of testing – which consists of giving the vaccine to healthy volunteers in affected areas – is about to begin. Research teams have been set up and preparations have been put in place, including special refrigerators for Ebola vaccine tests, in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Also today, the Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, and the Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, are in Sierra Leone, before heading to Guinea on Sunday.

Global Ebola Response Website


Denis Brown says:

There should be a public enquiry into the poor handling and response from the W.H.O who quite simply dropped the ball. Then to make matters worse fumbled it and embarrassed themselves throughout this entire Ebola Outbreak. 

If this was a company, heads would roll so why should the outcome be any different. There needs to be a review, and it needs to be recognised that if we are going to have a public facing "World Health Organisation" then it needs to be fit for purpose and swift to respond to the demands of our ever changing world. 

We are no longer live in a World where we can simply make excuses for our incompetence, as we've seen that this cost lives. This organisation needs to be highly organised, with all the resources to hand and with all the key players in the loop. Lose the red tape and bureaucracy, we're living in the 21st Century – not the "Dark Ages" Just as much as it needs to be organised it also needs to be financed and if that has to be factored in as part of every Countries GDP then so be it. We're all to happy to have a defence budget, it's now time to have one for purely for ensuring the survival of mankind. As we know if we don't have something like this in place we put our very future of survival at risk. PR companies can come up with a suitable title that's not my job, but as long as we have something in place to ensure that we do have a future as a specie that is the most important thing.

The World needs to dig it's head out of the sand, take stock of what is going on and deal with what is thrown at us in the future but at the collective level and not as sporadic groups as we do who are driven by humanitarian interests. It is the responsibility of all of us and no longer the few…


Tina Ho says:

Vaccines can be beneficial to the world, but how will the public know that this vaccination actually is effective in combating the Ebola virus?

Stop Obooma says:

We are not taking your vaccines you genocidal lunatics. 

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