Nun gibt es auch ein Statement des extrem einflussreichen Elite-Netzwerks Council On Foreign Relations
zum Ebola-Outbreak. Dazu hier ein sehr interessanter Mitschnitt einer Konferenz von der CFR-Website, gepostet am 5. August 2014:CFR Ebola-Konferenz (Audio) (Archiv-Version vom 12.08.2014)
Die Konferenz wurde moderiert von Robert McMahon, Verfasser von CFR.org. Anwesend sind Laurie Garrett, Seniormitglied für Globale Gesundheit und John Campbell, US-Botschafter zu Nigeria sowie CFR-Seniormitglied für Afrika-Politikstudien.
Es gibt auch ein Transkript:CFR-Transkript zum Ebola-Ausbruch (Archiv-Version vom 12.08.2014)
In dem Audio-Mitschnitt kann man neben den Aussagen natürlich noch die Emotionen mithören und die sind doch ziemlich beunruhigend.
Und ein paar Auszüge aus dem Transkript will ich euch nicht vorenthalten.
[GARRETT:]... you know, the military has been brought into help try to maintain some semblance of control, but every report I'm getting from the ground has health care workers describing themselves as in a state of fear, even of siege, feeling that the populations despise and loathe them, and that rumors are rife that they are actually deliberately infecting people, cutting off people's arms, and selling them on some alleged international market and even claims that there are health care workers who are foreign cannibals.
"[T]he WHO is essentially bankrupt and has only the power of rhetoric … and … international health regulations … to try and move the ball forward."—Laurie Garrett
MCMAHON: So you mentioned the appeal for help from MSF, among others, and they're one of the lead agencies on the ground there. There isn't any kind of international yet sort of rapid response team that gets called into play, but there are international organizations or large national organizations that are getting mobilized, isn't that right at this point?
GARRETT: Well, it's true. There are a number of different groups. The CDC, our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is sending some time in the next couple of days 50 individuals on site to assist. But we don't have -- I know that there's a myth out there, and people believe that there's some kind of giant WHO office in Geneva stock full of specialized response equipment, skilled, talented health care workers, and they have their own special jet and they go swooping into epidemics. This is absolutely ludicrous.
Not only do we not have any such thing, the WHO is essentially bankrupt and has only the power of rhetoric in order to try -- and of the international health regulations in order to try and move the ball forward. And that's going to be the big news this week.
GARRETT: Well, first of all, this epidemic has been boiling since March, but only garnered enormous public attention in the United States until there were Americans infected. I suppose that kind of speaks normally to how the United States views our foreign policy; it's only a matter of concern until one of us -- one of our citizens is affected. That's most unfortunate.
There are quite a number of different Ebola experimental vaccines and drugs out there, but none of them have gone through clinical trials, none of them have been safety-tested by standards of our FDA, and though some might enter such safety trials in the calendar year 2014, none would be available for widespread use and commercial production for several years.
GARRETT: Well, and I would just add to that -- thank you, John, good point -- we don't have any plan at all and we never really have had, except as lip service, for what we do when a highly contagious, but more importantly highly fear-evoking microbe hits a major urban center. We've made movies about it. I participated in the script development for "Contagion," where we thought it through. There have been any number of tabletop exercises done by our Defense Department, CIA and so on, imagining such things.
But the truth is, if this Ebola shows up in a city like Lagos, like Abuja, like any -- Dakar in Senegal and starts to evoke the kind of fearfulness responses that we're seeing in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea already, all bets are off. We have no strategic plan.
CAMPBELL: Well, and all bets are off, because these then have political consequences. I mean, you have the breakdown of order. I mean, it goes on and on.
Zusammengefasst gibt es also keinen strategischen Plan, wenn das Virus wirklich in den USA ausbrechen sollte. Es gibt nur Lippenbekenntnisse, aber keine Heilmittel und keinen Impfstoff, der sofort verfügbar wäre. Und das vom CFR höchstpersönlich... Sollte man ernst nehmen.