treatThree of the world’s leading Ebola specialists have called for experimental drugs and vaccines to be offered to people in West Africa affected by an outbreak of the deadly virus. Noting that American aid workers who contracted Ebola in Liberia were given an unapproved medicine before being evacuated to the US, the specialists – including Peter Piot, who co-discovered Ebola in 1976 – said Africans affected by the same outbreak should get the same chance. Dr Piot, David Heymann and Jeremy Farrar – all influential infectious disease professors – said there were several antiviral drugs, monoclonal antibodies and vaccines under study for possible use against Ebola. “African governments should be allowed to make informed decisions about whether or not to use these products – for example to protect and treat healthcare workers who run especially high risks of infection,” they wrote in a joint statement. More