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MSF to Launch Clinical Trials for Ebola Treatment

Al Jazeera   in 
November 14, 2014

Accelerated clinical trials will be launched in West Africa to speed the search for a treatment for the deadly Ebola virus, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has announced.

The international humanitarian group said on Thursday it will host clinical trials starting next month in three Ebola treatment centres using experimental drugs that have not been through the usual lengthy process of study with animals and healthy people.

Separate trials will be led by three different research partners and involve the UN’s World Health Organisation and health officials in affected countries.

“If we’re going to find a treatment, we have to do it now – which is why we have to accelerate these trials,” said Peter Horby, the chief investigator for the trial led by Oxford University.

Oxford’s trial will test the antiviral drug brincidofovir in Liberia.

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