Tedros also announced that an outside advisory group to the WHO has reviewed three candidate Sudan Ebola vaccines and has recommended that all be included in planned trials in Uganda. The country’s health officials have already approved plans to test the vaccines in the outbreak setting, and Tedros said Uganda’s health ministry and the WHO have accepted the group’s recommendation. He added that the first vaccine doses are expected to arrive in Uganda next week.
In addition, a separate WHO advisory group has selected two investigational treatments for a trial and a trial design, which have been submitted to the WHO and authorities in Uganda. In late October, the country’s health minister said officials are evaluating some promising treatments, including monoclonal antibodies and repurposed drugs and added that a few patients had already received them.