Your move Obama.
So let me tell you why this is bullshit.
That “cure” everyone is talking about? It isn’t a cure. It’s a drug that hadn’t even been tested on humans before we gave it to those two Americans (who were white, yes, but were also in a missionary group trying to improve the lives of African children it’s not like they were fucking tourists or something). They could have both fucking died on the spot. The only reason they even gave this unfinished, untested drug to them is because the mortality rate for ebola is like 90% anyway so they thought why the fuck not.
Now let’s have a little thought experiment for you dipshits who seriously don’t understand the situation. Imagine we gave this “cure” to every single person in Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia (yeah, it’s pretty fucking ignorant to just call them all “Africans”) infected with ebola (getting around the fact that it would be just about impossible to diagnose and treat every single one of them in time)… and they all died anyway. The “cure” didn’t work.
You same fuckwads would lose your shit over that. “AMERICAN DRUG KILLS AFRICANS”, you would say. It would be all over Tumblr: “WHY DIDN’T THEY TEST THIS MORE BEFORE GIVING IT OUT OMG” and “USING AFRICANS AS TEST RATS FOR EBOLA DRUG SO WHITE PEOPLE DONT HAVE TO #RACISM”.
You can’t really be so ignorant that you seriously think it would be a good idea to ship crates of this hitherto-unknown, untested drug to West Africa and just hope for the best.
Yeah. It’s already hard enough to convince people that doctors are trying to help (remember antivaxxers?) but think about the uproar if doctors said “we’re going to try and cure this person with this experimental drug” and it not working, or worse “we’re going to give this person an experimental drug that will either cure them or make their death even worse”. At least if it’s done to a consenting American who knew the risk getting involved, it’s unlikely to sow further distrust in West Africa.
This strain of Ebola has only around a 55% mortality rate, which is relatively low for the disease, and there’s no reason to think that the largely untested drug wouldn’t have a 100% mortality rate.
It’s understandable, upon hearing the news, to think ethnocentrism played a part in it—and to be honest, I’m not certain it didn’t—but the issue is more complex than that.
I don’t understand what kermit the frog has to do with this but the rest of this is important so sit the hell down and read.