Notably, Russia has provided two teams to Guinea. In August, "A decision to dispatch a specialized team of highly qualified experts in virology and epidemiology to western Africa, which has been stricken by an unprecedented epidemic of Ebola fever, was taken by the Russian government. The top-notch mobile lab they took along with them is meant for [conducting] emergency tests on the spot. The experts are staff members from the Louis-Pasteur Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in St. Petersburg." "We're sending the top rate professionals there," Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said Thrusday." See: http://itar-tass.com/en/world/746454
To date, Russia has sent two highly experienced teams into Guinea with full laboratory capabilities and have made a significant contribution toward ending the outbreak in Guinea. "The second team of scientists, like the first one, is stationed in a mobile laboratory on the basis of a hospital. The experts are using and testing systems developed in 2010 by the Vector Institute to detect six viruses causing deadly fever. Beside Ebola, the testing systems can detect Marburg virus, Lassa fever, Machupo virus, Dengue fever and Yellow fever within 24 hours. The systems were used in the work of anti-epidemic teams at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The Russian testing system for Ebola is the world's only system registered on the national level, Mikheyev said. Other countries use military testing systems to detect the virus, he added." Source:http://itar-tass.com/en/world/754290
"According to Russian sanitary chief Anna Popova, "Russia is considering sending further teams of health care workers to West Africa. A team of Russian epidemiologists, virologists and bacteriologists is currently station in Guinea testing anti-Ebola vaccine and has begun working on a new drug to treat and prevent Ebola. Triazavirin is a new Russian anti-viral drug, which can be used to treata 15 strains of the flu virus, including A/H1N1, also known as swine flu and H5N1, known as avian flu, at any stage of the disease." http://sputniknews.com/russia/20141013/194033682.html
In contrast, smaller states who have never had a biological weapon program and have stood at the side lines popping up at BTWC meetings to pilfer out superficial admonishments, lack the depth of knowledge states with previous BW programs no doubt retained. The Netherlands, for example, have recently sent a support ship to West Africa. In fact the Dutch effort seems more for political show than what is realistically required in theatre to control this outbreak. Efforts by states looking to promote themselves on some international stage by testing a new war ship, in this instance is misguided and possibly inhibits and distracts nations with in-depth knowledge and actual capabilities from doing their work. The worlds worst Ebola outbreak, humanitarian crisis and international public health emergency should not be used as an opportunity to promote the sale or showcase a first in class warship; even with state of the art health care and hospital on board. It is not the time nor place for seeking attention on the international stage.
As thousands of people die from a horrific disease, it is time to allow major nations and organizations with the appropriate resources to contain this outbreak, without distraction. Most actors focusing on saving lives would surely agree that this is not an opportunity for economic gain. Unfortunately, the dire financial straights of the Dutch MoD perhaps leave them with few choices and this detracts from the excellent work of Dutch medical and scientific staff working diligently to help counter the spread of Ebola. While several military medical staff and public health workers from various nations, including Cuba, have been involved and made valuable contributions to this crisis, sadly some have perceived it as an opportunity for their own financial interests.
Source:http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/french-foreign-policy-1/health-education-gender/fight-against-the-ebola-epidemic/article/fight-against-the-ebola-epidemic. Their efforts are on the cusp of containing and ending the outbreak in Guinea.
Several other nations as well, far from using the tragedy of Ebola to promote themselves with photo ops, hosting high level dignitaries aboard their warships, have contributed in appropriate ways to reduce mortality rates."According to an Oxford University study, the Ebola virus could spread to fifteen tropical African countries, with nearly 22 million people living in the danger zone." Source:
Source: Russia Beyond the Headlines - http://rbth.co.uk/science_and_tech/2014/09/25/russian_scientists_develop_experimental_vaccine_against_ebol_40105.html)
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Dr.Jill Bellamy is an internationally recognized expert on biological warfare and defence. She has formerly advised NATO and for the past seventeen years has represented a number of bio-pharmaceutical and government clients working on procurement strategy between NATO MS and Washington DC. Her private government relations consultancy Warfare Technology Analytics is based in the Netherlands. Dr. Bellamy's articles have appeared in the National Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Sunday Times of London, Le Temps, Le Monde and the Jerusalem Post among other publications. She is a CBRN SME with the U.S. Department of Defence, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Information Analysis Center and CEO of Warfare Technology Analytics.