Y’all believe it now?
You’re fucking kidding me right?
People are suffering to Ebola and America had a way to potentially cure it
AND THEY REFUSE A FUCKING REQUEST?
Does saving lives not mean anything to anyone anymore?
I fucking cant
Who’s really surprised? AMERICA isn’t shit & never will be.
They said it costing too much was part of the issue but I haven’t seen the government have any issue with the billions of dollars they constantly give Israel to do any mother fucking thing they please.
Seriously?! the US ain’t shit
Didn’t they give it to a Spanish patient today
It’s fucking true. They said no to Nigeria. But then ship it right the fuck out to Spain for one patient.
It is so hard to love a country that does not value you/people who look like you.
You guys have no idea what you’re talking about. Three things:
1) the drug is an experimental drug and could have very harmful unwanted effects that are not yet understood. The people who have received the drugs are well aware of the possible negative consequences, and have agreed to participate in the human experiment. Their participation in the experiment could lead to helping scientists understand the drugs better. Granted, things aren’t happening at a fast speed, but it usually takes a long time for drugs to past through human experimental stages and be proven safe for mass distributions. Scientists currently don’t know what the correct dosages would be, and they aren’t even sure if the drug is helping or if the participant’s own immune systems did the work in helping them recover. Two participants who took the drug ended up dying anyways (the Liberian doctor and Spanish priest). The drug has been tested as effective in primates, but no certainty on humans.
2) Even with money, it would take months before they could mass produce the drug. Currently, the ZMapp is derived from a genetically engineered tobacco plants. This process is extremely time consuming and to get it to mass production would require additional infrastructure, research, time to grow the genetically engineered tobacco plants. And they can’t invest in such massive production if they don’t even know for sure the drug is effective or have full support of the scientific community.
3) The argument that these drugs are only given to Westerner. Last time I checked, the Liberian doctor is African! Now, this is only my theory, but there are often certain populations in Africa who are very skeptical of Western medicines and aids. There have been cases where they either say that Ebola is a myth, or a western diseases, or that vaccinations are intended to kill Africans. There is an inherent distrust of Westerners in many parts of Africa. Now imagine giving an unproven, untested, unregulated drug to people in Africa, and imagine negative side effects should this drug work (or not work), and the blame on Westerners and further distrust. Some might say Westerners used Africa as an experiment ground! Now I don’t think this is a major reason because of the massive outbreak now, but I can see the potential of harm and backfire using an unproven, unregulated, and untested drug on any population.
*Disclaimer, yes I do understand the argument that because Ebola is a non-Western and low outbreak phenomenon, pharmaceutical and researchers have not spent a lot of money and time on researching treatments. Yes, it’s unfortunate, but I believe the argument above is to address what is happening here and out (not the economical incentives in the pharmaceutical industry, which is another debate in itself)
Check out these news articles for other perspectives before Blamig the U.S. government for not doing anything.