Canada Begins Ebola Vaccine Trial - better late than never I suppose

This is excellent news, but I have to wonder why it has taken so long. After all, it's not like this vaccine is particularly new - it's been around for a while and the rights to commercialize it were sold to a company that sat on it because there was no immediate profit. This speaks to a need for the Federal gov't to test medicines that have low or no profit potential, but are critical to have in place (e.g. new antibiotics to tackle resistant bacteria, medicines for rare diseases.

Still, good to see this underway.

In this trial, jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the experimental vaccine will be tested on a small group of people to assess its safety, determine the appropriate dosage, and identify any side effects. The trial will test whether lower doses of the vaccine can induce an immune response in an individual and will also generate valuable information about the use of the vaccine in older adults.