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US Open Tennis Schedule: All Matches for Friday; Winners From Thursday (+TV Schedule)

Serena Williams, left, and Venus Williams talk between points against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic during a doubles match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Serena Williams, left, and Venus Williams talk between points against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic during a doubles match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The US Open tennis tournament in New York City enters the third round on Friday, August 29. The second round for the men will wrap...




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    The statement did not specify what drug was considered. But it is believed to be ZMapp, an experimental drug that has since been given to two Americans and a Spaniard.

    The California-based company that makes the drug, Mapp Pharmaceuticals, has said that its supplies are now exhausted, and it will take months to make even a modest amount.

    The drug has never been tested in humans, and it is not clear if it is effective or even harmful. The Americans are improving — although it is unclear what role ZMapp has played in that — but the Spaniard died Tuesday.

    The last known doses of ZMapp are arriving Wednesday in Liberia, where the government has said they will be given to two doctors. They would be the first Africans known to receive the treatment.

    But the debate over experimental treatments and vaccines will continue. Canada has promised to donate 800 to 1,000 doses of its untested Ebolavaccine to the World Health Organization and already questions are being asked about who will get it and how scientists will determine if it works.

    Dr. Gregory Taylor, deputy head of the Public Health Agency of Canada, which developed the vaccines, said it makes the most sense to give the vaccine to health care workers in Africa who are among the most vulnerable because of their close contact with Ebola patients.

    Guinea is considering asking for access to the vaccine, according to Communications Minister Al Houssein Makanera Kake.

    Unlike ZMapp, which is being given to only a handful of people and is unlikely to yield significant information about the drug's effectiveness, the vaccine could be tested in a small, but more rigorous field trial.

    "It gives us an opportunity to test the vaccine in an outbreak situation in populations that are at risk," said David Heymann, who headed the WHO's response to SARS and is now professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "However, the study design will be very difficult because you have to make sure the health workers don't lapse in their infection control, and then you can't ever be sure it was the vaccine that protected them."

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