The Guardian’s Ebola Headline – A Study in Unwarranted Bashing of the US August 7, 2014Posted by geoff in News.
“Ebola patients in west Africa to be denied experimental drugs used in US” shrieks the headline at The Guardian, making the US sound like a bunch of aholes. But the headline doesn’t reflect the content of the article. After all, you can’t deny somebody something that doesn’t exist:
A spokesman for the US Centres for Disease Control said “there are virtually no doses available” and they would take several months to manufacture.
Aaaand then there are the ethical issues:
Even if supplies do become available, medical ethicists are divided over whether they should be used in the current Ebola outbreak in west Africa. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called a meeting of experts next week to help it guide doctors and drug companies who may consider shipping experimental drugs to the four countries hit by the disease.
So the headline should have read “US Manufacturing Experimental Ebola Drugs as Rapidly While Accelerating Trials and While Waiting for Ethicists to Decide if This is Really the Right Thing to Do.”
But since it’s an obviously uncontroversial and correct course of action, that probably wouldn’t bring many readers.
BTW, I’m ignoring the stupid article asking “Why Were Westerners Given Experimental Drugs and Not Africans?” and Ann Coulter’s equally stupid “US Doctor Was a Fool for Going to Africa to Treat Ebola Victims.” They’re self-evidently idiotic from the start.