Here is a summary of the day’s top stories regarding Ebola:

  • The Head of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Francis Collins, claims that if it had not been for budget cuts, there would already be a vaccine for Ebola. He claims that they have been researching a vaccine since 2002. The budget in 2004 was around US $28 billion and US $29.3 billion in 2013. This is an increase in pure numbers but a decrease once inflation has been factored in. A bill has been introduced to increase funding but is currently stagnant.
  • The Dallas Nurse who has been diagnosed with Ebola after treating the index patient Thomas Duncan has been unable to identify where her breach might have come from. Additionally, according to WFAA she has been named by family members as 26-year old, former Texas Christian University student, Nina Pham. She apparently grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. The CDC is now monitoring all health care workers carefully to ensure that all protocols are properly adhered to. A Press Conference was also held where Thomas Frieden, Director of the CDC, said “I feel awful…”
  • A Canadian-made vaccine licensed by the US company, NewLink Genetics, will begin clinical trials tomorrow. The vaccine will be tested in a lab in Maryland, USA with results expected to be available by December 2014. If the vaccine proves successful and meets safety requirements it could be administered to health care workers sometime during 2015.
  • Some of the Nurses who yesterday protested demanding higher hazard pay in Liberia have arrived for work. The Nurses originally demanded US $ 700 above their monthly salary.
  • The NY Post reports that a Tanzanian man with arrest warrants in the United States claimed he was feverish when airport officials wanted to arrest him at JFK Airport. He was rushed to a hospital in a hazmat suit where he spent Saturday night. It is unclear if he has tested positive for anything, or if he has been arrested since. This took place the same day that temperature monitoring was introduced at the airport.
  • Dallas News reports that facts about how Ebola spreads might be inaccurate. Studies allege droplets that are small enough to float through the air can lead to Ebola infection in animals. The question is whether this applies to humans as well.
  • A person in Jacksonville, US – FL is being tested for Ebola. The person had apparently come into contact with someone who was from West Africa. Officials at Baptist Medical Center say the diagnosis is unlikely but they are following all CDC protocols.
  • NHS Staff in the United Kingdom are said to be panicking due to the fact that many feel they are unprepared for EVD. A few false alarms have exacerbated the situation.
  • A license for German-owned airline Gambia Bird to reinstate direct flights to Sierra Leone from England was also revoked today after being valid for only a short while. The deterioration of the country was cited as the reason. Brussels Airlines is currently the only European carrier flying to Sierra Leone.
  • The World Health Organization has called Ebola “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times”.  More than 4000 people have died since the beginning of the West African Ebola Outbreak. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan called for calm saying that fear of infection has spread quicker than actual infection leading to unnecessary economic challenges.