Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
There is a very real possibility that U.S. tax dollars will go to vaccinating whole countries against Ebola. It is not known which countries, but my bet is on Liberia or Sierra Leone and possibly all of West Africa.
The U.S. government doesn’t want us to panic but their poor relationship with the truth makes them hard to trust.
We will try to sort through the morass in this article.
This disease appears to warrant the alarms being raised, but it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, especially when we are constantly lied to by government officials and we have a president who rules by crisis.
It’s also perplexing as to why we aren’t taking any actions that protect Americans and why Dr. Frieden is pretending we’re prepared for an Ebola outbreak when we obviously aren’t.
Public health officials are very concerned about Ebola. That seems to be a fact.
We have heard primarily from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director.
Frieden, before he was at the CDC, was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 2002–2009 under Mayor Nanny Bloomberg.
As Commissioner, he claimed – without evidence – that second-hand smoke is deadly. He worked with Bloomberg to raise tobacco taxes and ban smoking from the workplace. He succeeded, along with Mayor Bloomberg, in banning cigarette smoking in an entire city, the largest city in the country.
He was behind banning trans fats in restaurants along with Bloomberg.
As Bloomberg’s sidekick, Frieden also advocated for an extra tax on sugary sodas.
This is the man who says you can’t stop people from flying into the United States from an Ebola country.
He’s a control freak ideologue.
However, Dr. Fauci appears to be a straight shooter.
In April of this year, it was believed that the Ebola outbreak would be contained with the usual methods of using protective gear and housing patients in isolation units. Producing a vaccine was premature, Fauci said.
Ebola is a rare disease and its outbreaks are unpredictable, making widespread vaccination an unfeasible proposition, Fauci said at the time.
The death rate from Ebola ranges from 20% to 90% but usually hovers at 70%.
Faucci urged caution in dispensing the vaccine but by July, USA Today reported that the National Institutes of Health was developing an Ebola vaccine that – if it proves safe and effective – could be given to health workers in affected African countries sometime in 2015.
This current crisis has encouraged drug companies to buy into developing a vaccine which has been a stumbling block until now. Drug companies didn’t see a profit in it before now, Fauci said.
“Until the current outbreak, many people believed there wasn’t a great need for an Ebola vaccine, because the virus would cause only 10 to 100 cases a year,” said Scott Lillibridge, assistant dean at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, who served as medical director of the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance during the Ebola outbreaks in the 1990s.
“More people currently believe that the world needs an Ebola vaccine. If countries don’t vaccinate their entire populations, many will want to protect health workers in hospitals and clinics from contracting and spreading the virus,” Lillibridge says.
The disease now spreads beyond nation’s borders and has become more threatening.
The U.S. government — which has footed the bill for much of the research behind the vaccines and drugs – will likely take a lead role in paying for production and dissemination of Ebola vaccines.
Dr. Fauci said by September of this year that Ebola is a “rapidly evolving and currently uncontrolled outbreak” which requires the testing of the vaccine as preventive measure. It was slated for testing this year on those on the front lines of caring for Ebola patients.
West Africa, because of the weaknesses in its health system, is not the United States, Fauci said, predicting “we won’t have an outbreak.” Scientists know how to stop the virus from spreading.
We had one Ebola patient here in the United States at the time who brought the virus with him from Africa. The hospital was blamed for breaking the CDC protocol but it was a bit more complicated.
The Electronic Medical Records program is a closed system which allegedly did not allow physicians and nurses to see the initial family history. Worse than that, we were dependent on the truthfulness of the patient who in this case was a liar – he denied having contact with a person infected with Ebola.
Since then, there have been others.
A cameraman, normally very careful, allegedly cleaned a van that transported Ebola patients when he contracted Ebola. He is now in the United States fighting for his life.
A Spanish nurse, who said she followed protocol, has become infected.
A second U.S. patient – a nurse – is infected. Without sharing any details, we have been told she broke CDC protocol by Dr. Frieden. The nurse has said she does not know of any point at which she broke protocol.
While Dr. Frieden is announcing definitively that she broke protocol, Frieden is also saying at the same time saying they are looking for where she broke protocol, according to the AP.
Given Dr. Frieden’s record for trustworthiness, my money is on the nurse.
She wasn’t one of the exposed professionals who was being monitored by the CDC, but she was self-monitoring. She believes she only had contact with one person since she became infected and that person is being monitored. It is not known who that second person had contact with.
When the original patient from Liberia, Thomas Duncan, was diagnosed, the CDC struggled to find people he exposed and found about 50.
If we have to search for everyone exposed and then come up with 50 per person, it could quickly become unmanageable.
A single breach in protocol can expose a person to Ebola.
Both President Obama and Dr. Frieden originally said that is was “highly unlikely” we would see Ebola spread in the United States. We were told it was hard to contract.
Since then we have discovered the virus can live six days on a surface and that not all doctors are ready to dismiss the possibility of it becoming airborne though there is no evidence that this has happened at this point.
We are now being told we could have large outbreaks in the United States, but not an epidemic.
However, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of the U.S. Southern Command. As Jim Garamone of Department of Defense News reports, Kelly told an audience at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. on October 7th that, if the disease reaches Central America, “it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States.” He also said with certainty that “there is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa.”
“By the end of the year, there’s supposed to be 1.4 million people infected with Ebola and 62 percent of them dying, according to the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]…”
“So, much like West Africa, it will rage for a period of time,” Kelly said.
The administration needs to close the border but they won’t.
The Vancouver Sun reported a statement Dr. Fauci made to The Canadian Press:
“It is conceivable that this epidemic will not turn around even if we pour resources into it. It may just keep going and going and it might require a vaccine,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The Canadian Press in an interview.
“As the epidemic gets more and more formidable and in some cases out of control it is quite conceivable, if not likely, that we may need to deploy the vaccine to the entire country to be able to shut the epidemic down. That is clearly a possibility.”
We don’t know what nations will be vaccinated but it’s probably safe to say that it will be all or part of West Africa. Mr. Obama sees that as his larger responsibility. He wants to do for Ebola what George Bush did for HIV AIDS in Africa. He wants to fight it over there so it doesn’t come here which is the very philosophy he dismissed when it came to fighting terrorism.
“But let’s keep in mind that as we speak,” Mr. Obama said, there are children on the streets dying of this disease, thousands of them. And so obviously my first job is to make sure that we’re taking care of the American people, but we have a larger role than that. We also have an obligation to make sure that those (African) children and their families are safe as well because ultimately the best thing we can do for our public health is also to extend the kind of empathy, compassion and effort so that folks in those countries as well can be rid of this disease.”
Another ailment that is spreading throughout the United States is EV-D68 which is prevalent in Central America. Border Patrol said children were coming across the border with respiratory ailments. States where illegal alien children were first sent were also the first to report the epidemic of EV-D68, according to a recent investigative report by Sharyl Atkisson.
EV-D68 has caused paralysis and in a few cases – death. One little boy went to bed without any sign of the virus and died in his sleep.
This is another reason we need to close the border.
The drug used on the first two U.S. health professionals sent back to the U.S. with Ebola cost $75 million a person.
Treating a very ill patient with an experimental drug is one thing but vaccinating entire populations is something else.
Dr. Frieden has been more concerned about keeping us calm than telling us the plain unadulterated truth.
When the Dallas police were sent to clean the Duncan apartment without protective gear, Dr. Frieden was asked about the safety of it. He said “you don’t need Hazmat” gear. However, when a passenger on a flight that landed in Newark, NJ was thought to have signs of Ebola, the CDC workers showed up in Hazmat gear.
We were given contradictory information about whether our military would be exposed to Ebola when they are sent to the centers of the disease in West Africa. At least 450 soldiers have been sent and it is expected that number will go up to 4,000. They will serve as building contractors in erecting health facilities, all at U.S. expense.
Speaking of the expense, where is the U.N., Russia, China?
The president has refused to limit travel from the areas where Ebola is currently out of control. Right now 150 people are arriving daily from these countries but it wouldn’t be PC to shut down travel. He also loves immigration into this country by would-be Democrat voters no matter what the cost.
No less important, is the fact that our borders are wide open to illegal aliens. If terrorist suicide-bombers decide to infect U.S. citizens with Ebola instead of blowing them up, all they need do is come across our southern border.