Legal/Regulatory Two leading Oxford University medical researchers are calling on G7 leaders to support a global research and development effort to prepare for the next outbreak of a major disease like Ebola.In an article in the official publication for the G7 meeting at Schloss Elmau, Germany, this weekend, Professor Peter Horby, who leads the Epidemic Research Group Oxford (ERGO), and Professor Adrian Hill, director of vaccine research centre the Jenner Institute, warn that it is vital to get ahead of the next outbreak.While Adrian Hill has been working on vaccines and Peter Horby on treatments for Ebola, the two say that their areas faced similar problems when the outbreak began: very few potential vaccines or treatments with little known about their safety or efficacy, and very few doses of each with no way of scaling up production quickly. While clinical trials were established extremely quickly compared to normal timescales, these were still too late to make a significant difference to the outbreak.In the article, Professor Hill said: ‘We know there will be more outbreaks. There are more people, especially in Africa, living in bigger cities where transmission is easier. There is more long distance travel, allowing diseases to spread rapidly…. Read full this story
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