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An Ebola Vaccine — Thank Animal Testing


Ebola is a terrible disease that afflicts the poorest areas of our planet. Now, scientists have apparently created a vaccine that is 100 percent effective against one form of Ebola. From the New York Times story:

In a scientific triumph that will change the way the world fights a terrifying killer, an experimental Ebola vaccine tested on humans in the waning days of the West African epidemic has been shown to provide 100 percent protection against the lethal disease.

Think of the human suffering and deaths that will be prevented! And, of course, like all modern medical breakthroughs, its development required animal testing:

Tests in monkeys showed that one shot protected all of them when it was given at least a week before they were given a high dose of Ebola. The shot even protected a few monkeys who received it a day after being infected with Ebola.

I am sure those prominent animal rights activists and others who call animal research ineffective — and researchers “sadists” — will be upset that the monkeys were so abused.

Photo credit: Linda Bartlett [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Cross-posted at The Corner.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.



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