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New Ebola Outbreak Might Be Used to Test Vaccine

It’s back. Ebola, which killed more than 11,000 during an epidemic that ended only last year, has resurfaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with one person already dead. Luckily, according to NBC News, the World Health Organization and Merck are at-the-ready with a vaccine that has shown promise in clinical trials.

It seems like only the other day when vaccine manufacturers were demanding indemnity against lawsuits that could arise from a fast-tracked Ebola vaccine. At the time, they wanted something similar to the indemnity claimed by the United Nations, whose peacekeepers were accused of making 700,000 Haitians sick with cholera after the 2010 earthquake.

And now here we are: Ebola is in the news again and Merck’s nipping at the bit to get its experimental vaccine beyond clinical trials. What could possibly go wrong? Conventional paradigms say vaccines are safe and effective. But history tells you otherwise — the polio vaccine is just one example.

If you live in the developed world, you may not be particularly concerned about what happens with an ebola vaccine over in the Congo. But you should be, if for no other reason than this just may be an excuse for health officials to test the vaccine in the U.S., where vaccine laws protect drug makers from liability, and the new 21st Century Cures Act waives your right for informed consent on certain medical testing.

For this reason, I urge you to get involved before it’s too late, and join the National Vaccine Information Center and other vaccine safety and choice advocates urging President Trump to stop the madness and create an independent agency to monitor and evaluate vaccine safety.
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