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Scientists Grapple with Ethics in Rush to Release Ebola Vaccines

  • Reuters

A man stands at the gate of an Ebola virus treatment center in Monrovia, Sept. 21, 2014.

A man stands at the gate of an Ebola virus treatment center in Monrovia, Sept. 21, 2014.

Normally it takes years to prove a new vaccine is both safe and effective before it can be used in the field. But with hundreds of people dying a day in the worst ever outbreak of Ebola, there is no time to wait. In an effort to save lives, health authorities are determined to roll out potential vaccines within months, dispensing with some of the usual testing, and raising unprecedented ethical and practical questions.

Maryland hospital to treat US doctor exposed to Ebola

The U.S. National Institutes of Health plans to admit to one of its special observation wards an American physician exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone, it said on Saturday. The patient, who has not been identified, was expected to be admitted on Sunday to the NIH Clinical Center in
Bethesda, Maryland, for observation and to enroll in a clinical study, the institute said.

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