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A team that set up a clinical trial of a drug in record time as part of efforts to beat Ebola say that researchers, health authorities and the UN need research to be planned in to the response at the outset if we want to beat disease outbreaks.

Writing in the journal Nature, Dr Trudie Lang, Professor of Global Health Research at Oxford University, says that the World Health Organisation (WHO) should take the lead in coordinating research during outbreaks to make sure that treatments are assessed within outbreak. She says that research is considered too late by the organisations.

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