Obama says lacks sufficient data to fast-track Ebola drug
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - 00:36
President Obama said he lacks information to green-light a promising drug to treat the deadly Ebola virus and that initial response should focus on containment. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: U.S. 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.
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