Originally posted on publichealthwatch:
The Ebola virus is spreading rapidly and to an unexpected extent. The outbreak does not follow the patterns experienced in the past and the virus shows a new disease dynamic in regions where it has never been recorded before. In response to the growing threat, a group of leading scientific academies has released a statement urging the international community to learn from our mistakes so we don’t repeat them during the next global public health crisis.
In the statement, co-written by the German National Academy of Sciences-Leopoldina, the German Academy of Science and Engineering, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities, the academies call for a series of actions to be taken. To combat the Ebola epidemic vaccines and antivirals are urgently needed; to meet this need, the further development of experimental vaccines and medicines for clinical application needs to be accelerated, they say.
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