(NaturalNews) As the Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, health institutes, activist groups, medical volunteers and philanthropists are doing what they can to “help” not only contain the deadly disease but to stamp it out as well.
One of those philanthropy groups is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has stepped up to donate $50 million in emergency funds to the effort, the most the organization has ever made in response to a health emergency. It follows a report from researchers at Oxford University that the virus could eventually be spread by wildlife to 22 African countries.
However, there’s one problem with the effort — the Gates Foundation is funding research into a new Ebola vaccine that everyone would be forced to take.
Fear appears to be driving the push for a cure, however. As reported by Bloomberg Businessweek:
While the Ebola virus produces frightening symptoms and headlines, the death toll from the current epidemic is now hovering at around 2,300, according to the World Health Organization. What makes Ebola so frightening is the fact that there are no easy fixes: no vaccine, no cure, and no easy way to contain it–the disease might also be transmitted by bats and chimpanzees.
Gates Foundation a major player in global health care
Indeed, the mysterious nature and rapid spread of Ebola, associated with a painful and — more often than not — fatal outcome, has rattled health experts and professionals alike from all over the world. Experts from a number of global and national health organizations like the WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as Doctors Without Borders, a health activist group that provides free medical care to economically deprived regions of the world, are all sounding alarm bells. They want a massive global response to the outbreak, but that has yet to happen.
The Gates Foundation has been a major player in world health. Bill and Melinda Gates have long sought cures for malaria, for example, and through their foundation, they have developed healthcare-sector relationships and access that even officials with the United Nations can only dream about. So the influence to push whatever “cure” the foundation helps develop is there.