Experimental Ebola Drug Story Doesn’t Add Up, But Africans Demanding Access to it Anyway

Experimental Ebola Drug Story Doesn’t Add Up, But Africans Demanding Access to it Anyway

According to the media, two Americans with Ebola got an experimental drug…while so far in Africa 1,000 people have died from Ebola and have no access to the supposed miracle cure.  Three Ebola experts in Africa think that it’s “immoral” that Americans got the drug while sick Africans cannot get it.

CNN reported that the drug, which interestingly showed up just in time to be given to two infected Americans, is made from tobacco plants and seems to be curing them.  Or at least, that’s what the media is telling the public, who is growing increasingly concerned about the potential for a pandemic here on home soil.   The two patients are also the first humans the serum has been tested on as well, making the entire situation a bit…curious.  While the government-run American media is running “don’t panic, the government has it all under control” stories and acting like the Good Timing Fairy made a visit, there is a rising wave of questions accompanying the so-called miracle that was supposedly thirty years in the making.

What makes this story so interesting is the aid agency both patients worked for, Samaritan’s Purse, says there was only enough for one dose, and Kent Brantly, the first American patient brought to Atlanta, asked that it be given to his colleague, Nancy Writebol.  The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, however, claimed that both workers received the drug. Meanwhile, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals said neither of them got a dose of their product, called TKM-Ebola.  Other reports say that the two patients were treated with ZMAPP, a drug made by Mapp Pharmaceuticals.  According to officials, there was only enough of that serum for two people.  Meanwhile, the talking head mill is already in full swing, as editorials are popping up all over the place debating whether the World Health Organization should release the drugs as is for infected Africans.

What does all this mean?  More questions.

1. Which drug did they receive, and which one of them received it?

2. Why did ZMAPP just happen to become a drug candidate in January 2014…just two months before the current outbreak?

3. Why did they suddenly break all known protocols and use the two Americans for their supposed human trials–and why now have an ethical problem with releasing it if it’s so amazing?

4. If only one received it, then why is the US government claiming that the miracle cure—whatever it is—is responsible for both their improvement?

Did I mention that the experimental drug is linked to the US military?

One last thing: the US government holds a patent for the creation of a specific Ebola strain (not the one currently in West Africa).  In order to do that, they would have had to extract the virus from sick patients (which the patent says they did), claim that they created it (which the patent says they did), and then claim ownership of any Ebola virus that has a 70% similarity or more to the one they “created.”

Curiouser and curiouser.

[Note: SHTF Plan has a fantastic article about what you can do right now to plan, as well as additional information on the state of Ebola in the US.]

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