Liberia sent the US a plea for help amid its ongoing battle against Ebola, asking for sample doses of an experimental drug for infected Liberian doctors. Washington approved the request just as the region’s death toll topped 1,000.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf asked US President Barack Obama and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for access to the experimental serum on Friday, the Liberian government said in a statement. The sample doses will be brought into the country by a representative of the US government “later this week.”
World Health Organization (WHO) executive director Dr. Margaret Chan also approved a dispatch of additional doses to Liberia “to support the treatment of affected doctors,” the statement said. Those doses will also arrive later this week via a WHO expert.