Via the Bangkok Post: Siriraj claims it has Ebola vaccine. Excerpt:
Siriraj Hospital set off shockwaves of hope and scepticism Monday with its terse announcement that researchers there had developed a breakthrough treatment for the Ebola virus.
In a brief announcement of a Thursday press conference, the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University said doctors would detail what it described as "the successful production of an antibody treatment against Ebola for the first time in Thailand."
Thai media broke the news in bombastic fashion, with one early report from a government-run website proclaiming it a "cure" for the disease that has killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa this year. Other reports claimed it was a preventative vaccine.
It also could mean the hospital's development of antibodies will lead to a treatment applied after infection to stimulate the body's natural immune system to fight off infection.
With hospital officials remaining mum, no one yet knows exactly what Siriraj actually has. Dr Pattarachai Kiratisin, head of the faculty's microbiology department and one of four speakers set to appear Thursday, declined to elaborate on the findings and asked the press to wait until the conference.
Calls for comment tonight from the Bangkok Post went unanswered.
Dr Udom Kachinthorn, dean of the medical science faculty of Siriraj, Dr Wanpen Chaikampha of the parasitology department and Dr Ruangpoeng Sutthen, vice dean of research and her team, are the other doctors scheduled to appear.
Siriraj doctors told one Thai media source that researchers have not imported the dangerous Ebola virus into Thailand to develop the treatment. Instead, they used less-virulent viruses that produce similar haemorrhagic fevers.