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article imageOp-Ed: GOP administration shelved Ebola vaccine a decade ago

By Robert Weller     Oct 24, 2014 in Health
New York - The outbreak of Ebola that has killed nearly 5,000 people in Africa could have been stopped in its tracks except for the traditional cost-cutting by the Republican party.
The GOP is campaigning against President Barack Obama’s handling of the Ebola crisis but a Republican president shelved a vaccine a decade ago.
Republican commentators are even suggesting the virus can be spread by air, despite zero evidence. The Centers for Disease Control insists it can only be spread by contamination by bodily fluids. That often occurs in Africa during funerals.
The Republicans are combining Ebola with ISIS terrorism, a result of President George Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003, to try to win control of the U.S. Senate, and polls suggest it might work.
It may not be a fait accompli.
There remains opposition from women to a party that opposes abortion and contraception. And new voting methods, including allowing registration and voting on the same day, could change the outcome in some races.
Ebola is the most outrageous example of lies aimed at a president who has been very active in trying to combat the diseases.
A vaccine was discovered in 2004/2005, under pressure from then-Vice President Dick Cheney to prepare for biological warfare. But once it was found, tested and found to be effective, budget cuts kept it from the public.
The test results were even published.
Six more outbreaks of Ebola followed, before this year’s worst crisis ever.
The Republicans have sought to scare the nation, calling for the closure of borders and airports.
In fact, one person has died from Ebola in the U.S., and he caught it in Liberia. There have been half a dozen other victims, all of whom survived. Most were health workers caring for victims, and may not have worn the required protective clothing in the early days.
Every hospital in the nation is now on the watch for any hint of the disease.
The latest case involved a medical doctor working for Doctors without Borders in West Africa. He is hospitalized in New York City.
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