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MONROVIA, Liberia— Liberia announced Monday that it would soon receive doses of an experimental Ebola drug and give it to two sick doctors, making them the first Africans to receive some of the scarce treatment in a spiraling outbreak.
LONDON, Aug 10- A clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus is set to start shortly, according to British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, which is co-developing the product with U.S. scientists.
U.S. scientists face legal obstacles and frustrations in trying to study the medical uses of marijuana, the New York Times reports.
All three U.S. laboratories established to fight major public health threats say they are standing by to scale up a treatment for Ebola.
NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Aug 9- All three U.S. facilities established to quickly make vaccines and therapeutics in the event of a major public health threat say they are standing by to support any U.S. government effort to scale up a treatment for Ebola.
With the World Health Organization declaring Ebola an international public health emergency, CNBC's Meg Tirrell discusses the use of experimental drugs as a last resort to treat patients stricken with Ebola, cancer and other disease.
The World Health Organization has declared the West African epidemic a public health emergency, reviving interest in antiviral drugs that could treat Ebola. Companies such as Tekmira Pharmaceutical Corp, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals Inc and NanoViricides Inc have drugs that are still in pre-clinical trials, meaning they are yet to be tested in humans.
Aug 8- Contractors at ArcelorMittal SA's iron ore mine in Liberia are evacuating the country and other miners are sending staff home to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. A prolonged outbreak, however, will threaten mineral production in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea if essential supplies are disrupted and employees stay away from work too long.
The World Health Organization has declared the Ebola virus an international public health emergency. CNBC's Meg Tirrell reports the details.
Aug 8- Shares of Canada's Tekmira Pharmaceutical Corp jumped as much as 25 percent in early trading on Friday, after a regulator cleared its experimental Ebola drug for potential use in humans infected with the virus.
Pfizer is facing a mounting wave of lawsuits by women who allege that the company knew about possible serious side effects of its drug Lipitor.
Aug 7- Tekmira Pharmaceutical Corp said on Thursday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had modified its clinical hold status on Tekmira's experimental Ebola treatment to enable its potential use in humans infected with the virus.
WASHINGTON/ CHICAGO, Aug 7- The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told lawmakers on Thursday he has activated the agency's emergency operation center at the highest response level to fight the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
The FDA has ruled to allow the potential use of drug maker Tekmira's Ebola drug on patients, reports CNBC's Meg Tirrell.
It's unlikely but not outside the realm of possibility that those infected with Ebola will come to the U.S., the CDC's Beth Bell said.
Dr. Beth Bell, CDC Infectious Diseases Center, discusses the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and the risks to U.S. citizens. Bell explains current experimental treatments.
The CDC Director is testifying before Congress on Ebola, and pharma companies are scrambling to create drugs to help. CNBC's Meg Tirrell, and Michael Yee, RBC Capital Markets, discuss some of these companies.
Irwin Redlener author of "Americans at Risk," weighs in on the Ebola outbreak and discusses if the U.S. is adequately prepared to handle an epidemic.
*Liberia declares 90- day state of emergency. FREETOWN/ MONROVIA, Aug 7- The army blockaded rural areas hit by the deadly Ebola virus in Sierra Leone on Thursday, a senior officer said, after neighbouring Liberia declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst outbreak of the disease, which has killed 932 people.
*Police in eastern Sierra Leone blockade Ebola-hit towns. FREETOWN/ MONROVIA, Aug 7- Police and soldiers in Sierra Leone blockaded rural areas hit by the deadly Ebola virus on Thursday, a senior officer said, after neighbouring Liberia declared a state of emergency to tackle the worst-ever outbreak of the disease, which has killed 932 people.