"Until now, patients have been treated under a compassionate use protocol, with promising drugs and a good safety profile in laboratory conditions," he said. "The giant step now being taken by the Democratic Republic of the Congo will bring clarity to what works best and will save many lives in the coming years, and we hope that one day we can say that the death and suffering of Ebola is behind us."
The outbreak marks the tenth time since 1976 that Ebola has hit the Congo.
An accumulation of evidence.
The trial is coordinated by WHO and led and sponsored by the National Institute of Biomedical Research of the Congo, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the United States and the Alliance for International Medical Action, among other groups.
Last month, WHO convened a meeting of international organizations, United Nations partners, countries at risk of Ebola, drug manufacturers and others to agree on a framework for continuing trials in the next possible Ebola outbreak.
Over time, the trials could lead to an accumulation of tests and research that will help to better understand the efficacy of the currently available Ebola medicines and the new drugs that can be developed.
& # 39; The security situation is a significant impediment & # 39;
The Congo is experiencing not only an Ebola outbreak, but also a long-term humanitarian crisis that includes intermittent armed conflicts and violence, which has hampered efforts to eradicate the deadly outbreak in the Northeast.
The United States has decided that it is no longer safe to have government personnel on the ground in Beni, said Tim Morrison, special assistant to the president and senior director of weapons of mass destruction and biodefense at the National Security Council.
"The security situation is still tenuous and it is the position of the US government, there is no disagreement, that the safety of our personnel, the safety of our personnel, the safety of our personnel is our top priority," he said. Morrison
"We are analyzing all available options to provide assistance and technical expertise to the region, but the security situation is a major impediment," he said. "This is a specific challenge from a security perspective, but it does not in any way impede our ability to provide financial and technical assistance."