Medical workers from the Liberian Red Cross disinfect themselves in the small city of Banjol, where three people infected with the Ebola virus died, on September 4, 2014
Protalix says it has the resources to produce experimental medicine ZMapp, which has run out elsewhere

The death toll from the Ebola epidemic has climbed above 2,000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Friday, as it voiced hopes a vaccine could be available in November.

AFPHowever, supplies of experimental medicines -- including the prototype drug ZMapp -- are limited, and "will not be sufficient for several months to come," the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned Friday.

Protalix, an Israeli biopharmaceutical company, said Saturday that it has the resources to produce the coveted ZMapp, which has recently run out, Israeli site The Times of Israel, citing Channel 2 TV's report, said Sunday.

In an interview with Channel 2, Dr. Yossi Shaaltiel, the executive vice president of research and development at Protalix, said: “Today our production capacity exceeds our needs, and we would certainly be happy to have the company producing the Ebola drug have us produce the drug for them. We would know how to do it effectively, in large quantities, and in a relatively short period of time.”

ZMapp has been given to about 10 infected health workers, including Americans and Europeans, of whom three recovered. WHO assistant director general Marie-Paule Kieny told reporters "there is not enough experience with ZMapp to conclude whether this treatment works or not," adding "there seem to be encouraging signs."

When the company started out, Shaaltiel said, “We were considered crazy.”

“Now we are proving that we are the only ones working with the [kind of] plants that [are developed into] pharmaceutical drugs which are approved,” he said.

According to the UN health organization's data, the deadly Ebola virus has claimed 2,097 lives out of 3,944 people infected in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, since emerging last December.


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  • Valerie Ditton
    October 20th 2014 - 03:27am

    Israel always shows true love to any and all, yet this world is so hateful to them. God Bless and protect Israel, keep all her enemies locked up and away from her. I stand with Israel.

  • Shoshi Fridberg
    October 18th 2014 - 01:44am

    Israel is always willing to help! They are a bless nation.....

  • Shoshi Fridberg
    October 18th 2014 - 01:39am

    Israel is a clever nation and the world don't want to except is time to understand that Israel inorvetion is beyond believe....they are capable of doing everything...good brains! And good luck to them!

  • Surly Curmudgen
    October 16th 2014 - 05:57pm

    The Jew haters including Islam will be screaming that it is a plot to kill those who are not Jews and Any and all Israeli help will be refused.

    Don't offer help just do it and where you can get paid for the stuff charge plenty. If America tries to embargo then smuggle it in while letting us know about the embargo.

    Thank you and the best of luck.

  • Diana Horton
    October 12th 2014 - 11:22pm

    People need, to know just how much Israel has given to the world. G-d has, blessed them to bless others. I love you, Israel.