Ebola: Health experts to meet

Health experts are meeting in Geneva to get a global strategy on how to stop the transmission of Ebola.

Patients suffering from Ebola sit at the French NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without borders) Elwa hospital in Monrovia, on 21 August, 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Health experts are meeting in Geneva to develop a global strategy to stop the transmission of the Ebola virus that has killed nearly 2,000 people.

There is growing anger in the affected West African countries that more is not being done to help them six months after the world's worst outbreak of the deadly haemorrhagic disease.

It will be year's end before the vaccine is ready to protest at-risk populations.

There are practical and ethical questions about how the untested drug may be used.

All the while the virus is catching faster and faster.

There have been at least 400 deaths this week.

Health systems in the infected countries, that are increasing In number, cannot cope.

More 120 care workers are among the dead.

Neither can medical charities like Doctors Without Borders who say they're reduced to handling centres where the infected simply come to die.

Meanwhile, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved further human safety trials on an Ebola vaccine made in Canada.

Scientists across the world have been working on experimental vaccines for the virus.

The NewLink Genetics Corporation is developing the vaccine and will be conducting further human trials in countries such as Germany and Switzerland.