Bio-warfare Countries Scrambling Over Ebola Trial And Error Vaccines
In late 1992, Dr. Kanatjan Alibekov, became the third Russian defector from the Russian Bio-warfare Program (BW). As Deputy Director (number-two man) of the Russian Bio-preparation Institute, and an infectious disease physician/epidemiologist, he was the highest ranking Russian defector ever from the program. Dr. Kanatjan Alibekov anglicized his name and now goes by Ken Alibek.
In 1999, Ken Alibek published a Bio-hazard, a first-hand detailed account of his experiences. He disclosed a virtual encyclopedia of Ainscough 257 intimate details on Biopreparat from the top down: personnel and facilities, history of the offensive research, medical and microbiological discoveries.
And special production methods, weaponization techniques, aerosol testing, Russian BW defensive innovations, prior deceptions and secret plans, and the future direction of the program.
Alibek confided that Soviet biologists in the 1960s and 1970s were already interested in using genetics and gene manipulation to produce BW agents like Ebola. Moreover, as a consequence, there was an Ebola outbreak in a Russian laboratory the early sixties.
Moreover, in 1943, Russian Crimea faced a severe outbreak of Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever CCHF/Ebola, as described within several scientific textbooks like 'Medical Aspects of Biological Warfare (1997) by Zygmunt F. Dembek, a Lieutenant Colonel of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, shows us why Ebola takes its route from Crimea to the Congo and why Russian takes the opportunity to find Ebola vaccines for their own defense.
Between 1944 and 1945, a large outbreak of severe hemorrhagic fever was reported, with a case fatality rate of 10% in the Crimean Peninsula.
The virus was later shown to be antigenically identical to Congo virus, which was isolated from the blood of a patient in the Belgian Congo (currently known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1956; linkage of the 2 place names resulted in the current name for the disease and the virus. With genetic manipulation, the virus was made much more effective for bio-warfare purposes.
In 1967, 31 people from Marburg and Frankfurt, Germany, and then in Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, went down with the so-called Marburg/Ebola fever.
At the same time in 1967, Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Virus (Ebola) was isolated in what was at that time the Belgian Congo. In 25% of those afflicted, it resulted in bleeding to death. And it resulted just after the aforementioned outbreaks in Germany and Yugoslavia.
This virus which then made its appearance in Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa and so Russia, America, China, Japan, and Germany started to seek desperately for adequate vaccines. But for approval of these vaccines in these mentioned countries they also desperately need trial and error studies.
In 1973, President Leonid Brezhnev established the Enzyme Program to modernize the BW program and develop genetically altered pathogens such as Ebola. Early in his career, Alibek had been in charge of developing Biopreparat‘s first vaccine-resistant tularemia bomblet.
Later, by 1986, his team had also tripled the potency of the battle strain of anthrax known as Strain 836. He was the first to weaponize glanders and supervised the first Soviet tests with the Marburg virus (an Ebola-like virus).
Alibek disclosed that by 1992 the Russians possessed a grand total of fifty-two different biological agents or combination of agents, including deadly Marburg, Ebola, and smallpox viruses, that could be weaponized. The most infectious and easiest to manufacture and transport microbes were labeled as battle strains.
The favorite battle strains were anthrax (Strain 836), Pasechnik‘s super-plague, and a special Russian strain of tularemia (Schu-4) and of course, Marburg/Ebola/CCHF. By 1991, Alibek stated that Russian scientists had improved all four of these so that they could overcome all immune systems and current medical treatments.
In May 1998, Alibek testified before the U.S. Congress: It is important to note that, in the Soviet‘s view, the best biological agents were those for which there was no prevention and no cure. For those agents for which vaccines or treatment existed, such as plague, which can be treated with antibiotics, antibiotic-resistant or immunosuppressive variants were to be developed.
Experimental vaccination and clinical testing of the Russian vaccine Gam Evac Combi against the deadly Ebola virus, launched in Guinea Bissau, Siera Leone, and Liberia, will continue until the end of 2018, as is stated by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
"Under the program of trials, volunteers will be vaccinated with Gam Evac Combi and their condition and immune development will be monitored within a year’s time. The successful result of the research will give a possibility to use the Russian vaccine as preventive measures against Ebola across the world,” the ministry said.
According to the Russian Health Ministry, Russia’s Gam Evac Combi is the world’s first officially registered vaccine approved for clinical use for the prevention of hemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola virus.
The presentation of the Russian vaccines (named Gam Evac and Gam Evac Combi) to the World Health Organization (WHO) took place in Geneva on February 15, 2016.
At a meeting between Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, the two sides emphasized the importance of the Russian Ebola vaccine for the international community.
And this is exactly the way the butcher approves his own meat and to check experimental Ebola vaccines you can always count on harmless Africans, facing the 17th Ebola outbreak, approved by corrupt politicians and unscrupulous bio-warfare scientists.
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