An emergency research call has been launched to help fight the world's worst Ebola outbreak in West Africa, with the British government and the Wellcome Trust medical charity pledging a combined £6.5 million ($10.8 million).
Expert teams from around the world are being invited to submit research proposals by September 8 for initiatives that can rapidly investigate new approaches to treating, preventing and containing the disease.
"The gravity of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa demands an urgent response, and we believe rapid research into humanitarian interventions and therapeutics can have an impact on treatment and containment during the present outbreak," Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome's director, said in a statement.
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