Target: Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper
Goal: Thank Canada for donating up to 1,000 doses of an Ebola vaccine to curb the outbreak in West Africa
After a massive outbreak of the Ebola virus hit West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) allowed for the use of untested, experimental drugs to be used to treat Ebola patients. Consequently, Canada offered to donate up to 1,000 of an experimental vaccine to be used in West Africa.
Currently, the outbreak has been responsible for more than 1,000 deaths but has affected almost 2,000 people in total. Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Nigeria have all been affected. For this reason, WHO has declared an International Public Health Emergency.
For this reason, Canada will donate between 800 and 1,000 doses of the vaccine, which has only been tested on animals, to WHO in order to help those suffering in West Africa. Canada will also keep a portion of the vaccine to continue its research and to prevent any possible outbreaks within the country. According to Dr. Gregory Taylor, the vaccines are a “global resource” that ought to be shared with those in need.
Unfortunately, even with the release of the existing doses, it could take four to six months to have a quantity that is large enough to make a difference in preventing the illness. Therefore, doctors and nurses will have top priority in receiving these experimental drugs.
By signing the petition below, you are commending Canada for taking the responsibility to curb the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, more than 1,000 lives have been claimed and almost 2,000 have been affected. The decision from the World Health Organization to allow the use of experimental drugs and vaccines to help patients in West Africa is one step to helping this dire situation. Therefore, I would like to thank you for your country’s donation of a vaccine to the WHO in order to help those infected abroad.
According to Dr. Gregory Taylor, the vaccines are a “global resource” that should be shared to those who are in need. In addition, the situation in West Africa is a global responsibility. No one country can fight such an emergency alone. Therefore, I would once again like to applaud your leadership in donating to the WHO and I can only hope other nations will follow your steps.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Samaritan’s Purse via Daily Mail UK