There have been many questions regarding the Ebola outbreak and the attempt to have it contained around the world. In light of an article by the WSJ, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals has been placed on the fast track to increase production of their experimental drugs and to expedite clinical trials on infected patients. But, what is the connection between the U.S. government and Tekmira Pharmaceuticals?
If we look back to October 2009, the United States government applied for a patent on Ebola. The patent actually pertains to all variants of Ebola. The patent also seeks ownership over any and all Ebola viruses that are weakened or killed, giving the US government ownership over all Ebola vaccines. This patent monopoly would give the US government the legal right to block all non-vaccine Ebola treatments, cures, or research.
In 2010, the Tekmira Pharmaceutical company signed a $140 million contact with the Department of Defense to advance an RNAI therapeutic to treat the Ebola virus infection. In March of 2014, Tekmira was granted a Fast Tract designation from the FDA for the anti-Ebola viral RNAi therapeutic, which allows for the quick review of the drug in order to get it our to patients more quickly.
However, does this patent allow the federal government to squash any other treatments that might come down the pike? In a story reported by Infowars, written by Paul Joseph Watson, Richard C. Davis, a former flight surgeon with the U.S. Navy, claims that he and the U.S. Army at Ft. Detrick, Maryland were leading a project to develop a drug called RC-2Beta, which Davis claims works “at the core of our cells to enhance mitochondrial efficiency and promote gene signaling to stimulate cellular self-repair and pathogen destruction.”
Davis began collaborating with the Army in 2013 and was experiencing great success with the drug. He said,
“The drug killed four of the world’s deadliest viruses in a dose-dependent fashion. The Army also noted that uninfected cells in the same cultures were untouched by the drug.”
Davis reports that communication was cut off just 2 weeks before the reports of Ebola emerged in Africa. He contacted mainstream media but was stonewalled at every attempt. He has reached out to the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and teams at the FDA and the National Institute of Health–but all with no success. He claims:
“I am left to conclude that America’s leadership is either guilty of gross misconduct, dereliction of duty, criminal negligence or worse, treason. the crisis will undoubtedly spiral out of control. The inescapable conclusions of negligence or corruption or both cannot be simply swept aside for the sake of political correctness when the lives of every one of us are at stake. Ebola is real. It is here, now. There is no more time to waste.”
Has the government shut down this potential treatment for Ebola because it stands to lose billions of dollars in royalties for the creation and disbursement of a vaccine around the world? Does this patent mean that the Federal government has complete control over any and all treatments for Ebola?
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