Less than 100 years ago, little could be done to combat global epidemics. In 1917, Spanish influenza swept the world quickly and 50 million people died. Science and medicine significantly lagged behind medical need. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other global health authorities weren’t yet formed to help coordinate a response. And governments were without options.
Ebola is a virulent virus killing well over half of the people it infects. This Ebola outbreak is the worst we’ve seen in recent history and caught West African countries, and the many other nations who love and support (including the U.S.), off guard. So what can we do to better prepare for future infectious disease outbreaks?
The Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, with multiple cases in the U.S., is of great concern to PhRMA and its members. Patients are at the center of everything we do, and the biopharmaceutical industry is ready to help individuals who have been affected by this devastating disease.