The Canadian government is set to donate up to 1,000 doses of an experimental vaccine against Ebola, after the World Health Organization deemed it ethical to use the untested drug in attempt to control the epidemic in West Africa.
Dr. Gregory Taylor, the deputy head of the Public Health Agency of Canada said that between 800 and 1,000 doses of the around 1,500 that Canada has can be sent overseas.
He stated that the Public Health Agency sees the drug “as a global resource and we need to have some conversations to figure out what the best use of this experimental vaccine is.”
But Taylor also warned that no human studies have yet to be done, so they are unclear about how big the dosage should be and the exact effects of the drug.
But a Canadian ministry statement said that the vaccine “has shown promise in animal trials.”
There has already been ten doses sent to Geneva, after the WHO requested it to have as an emergency supply in the case of a response worker being infected.
The Ebola outbreak is concentrated around Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria in West Africa.
The WHO has reported that there has been 1,848 cases and 1,013 of these have been fatal.