Canada sending experimental Ebola vaccine to Africa

The donation is expected to be in the range of between 800 and one-thousand doses.

Canada is donating several hundred doses of a made-in-Canada experimental Ebola vaccine to help West African nations deal with the deadly outbreak.

The donation is expected to be in the range of between 800 and one-thousand doses.

Canada is also giving the World Health Organization an extra $185,000 on top of earlier aid totalling $5.2-million to help with the response.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose offered the vaccine to World Health Organization Director General Margaret Chan in a telephone conversation yesterday.

The news came hours after the W-H-O said a panel of experts had decided it would be ethical to use untested drugs and vaccine in this epidemic.

Two infected American relief workers were recently treated with an experimental therapy called ZMapp, a cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies.

Two of the antibodies were designed at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.

The cost of producing the vaccine illustrates why supplies of experimental Ebola products are in such limited supply. Taylor said the price for producing this batch was between $1,000 and $1,400 per dose.

Just how much vaccine Canada has is a bit of a guess at this point. Because the product hasn't been tested in people, it's not known how much vaccine an individual would need to be protected. For the time being, the size of a dose is being extrapolated from the research that has been done on primates. The supplies were to be used for clinical trials.

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