August 12, 2014 5:47 pm

Canada to donate experimental Ebola vaccine to West African outbreak response

The image of Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, left, appears on a public information banner warning people about the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh

TORONTO – The Public Health Agency of Canada is going to donate a made-in-Canada experimental Ebola vaccine to the West African outbreak response.

The deputy head of the agency says the country sees the vaccine as a global resource and is in talks with international partners about how best to use the finite number of doses.

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Dr. Gregory Taylor estimates Canada has about 1,500 doses of the vaccine, which hasn’t yet been tested in people.

Taylor says the agency needs to hold on to some of those doses for small studies and in case an imported Ebola cases arrives in a Canadian hospital.

He estimates that somewhere between 800 and 1,000 doses of vaccine could be sent abroad for use.

He cautions, though, that as no human studies have been done with the vaccine yet, it’s not clear how much will be needed to protect a person, so those numbers could change.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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