Obama says lacks sufficient data to fast-track Ebola drug

WASHINGTON Wed Aug 6, 2014 6:42pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the first Leaders Session of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the State Department in Washington, August 6, 2014.        REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the first Leaders Session of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the State Department in Washington, August 6, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he lacks enough information to green-light a promising drug to treat the deadly Ebola virus and that the initial response should focus on public health measures to contain the outbreak.

"We've got to let the science guide us and I don't think all the information is in on whether this drug is helpful," the president said at a media conference. "The Ebola virus both currently and in the past is controllable if you have a strong public health infrastructure in place."

Public health officials should do all they can to contain the outbreak, and during the course of that process, authorities can assess whether new drugs or treatments can be effective, he said.

"We're focusing on the public health approach right now, but I will continue to seek information about what we're learning about these drugs going forward," he said.

(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Comments (4)
Zeta7Fla wrote:
Has this mental midget ever had enough information to make a decision in his entire life? I seriously doubt it.

Aug 06, 2014 6:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Prox wrote:
Mr. President, could you be a little more specific about what info you need?

Aug 06, 2014 7:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
The President may not have anything else to give the country direction, but he does have an opinion on everything.

Aug 07, 2014 10:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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