Havana, Sunday 25 de August de 2019 07:42 pm

Canada Contributes Vaccine to Fight Ebola

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HAVANA, Cuba, Oct 24 (acn) The first lot of an experimental vaccine against Ebola, produced in Canada, was sent to hospitals in Geneva to begin clinical tests on November 1, before being adopted by the World Health Organization.

Canada´s Health minister Rona Ambrose said that this was the first shipment out of three deliveries with 800 doses of the vaccine to fight the epidemic. She added that the vaccine must be preserved in dry ice at a minus 80 degrees temperature.

The vaccine comes as a response to the call by the World Health Organization to fight Ebola in western Africa, while other countries like Cuba are also contributing to the international effort.

Another important contribution has been made by France for the early diagnostic of the disease, which allows identifying an infected case in less than 15 minutes, she said.

The Ebola epidemic has already claimed 4 thousand 555 lives out of 9 thousand 216 cases registered in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, Spain, and the United States, according to the latest report by the World Health Organization.

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