SSHM Dr Annette Rid comments on the Lancet on the ethics of experimental interventions in the Ebola outbreak

The latest Ebola outbreak is the largest, most severe and most complex ever recorded for the disease. With a death rate of around 55% and more than 1000 victims thus far, it has been declared a public health emergencyof international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). While specific treatments or vaccines currently do not exist, several interventions are in the earliest phases of testing. WHO released a statement on 12 August that “it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention.”

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Dr Annette Rid

Dr Annette Rid discussed some of the issues around this statement on BBC News that day (watch here) and has also been interviewed on this by BBC 5 live Drive and BBC Scotland.

In addition the Lancet has just launched (on August 21st) a Ebola hub to assist health workers and researchers working under difficult and dangerous conditions to bring this outbreak to a close. The hub contains all related resources from The Lancet family of journals offered with free access to support their vital work.

http://www.thelancet-ebola.com/

You can access here the viewpoint by Dr Annette Rid and Ezekiel J Emanuel on  Ethical considerations of experimental interventions in the Ebola outbreak’.

Dr Annette Rid is Senior Lecturer in Bioethics & Society in the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine. You can contact Annette at annette.rid@kcl.ac.uk

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