Nice article quoting NIH director Francis Collins and outlining the dangers of vast budget cuts (by a Republican congress) and how that might have contributed to our poor preparedness for the current worldwide Ebola outbreak. Having reviewed this topic and given a public talk on Ebola just one month ago, I fully agree.
It should be easy to develop a vaccine against Ebola and there are good projects under way. But Ebola was never considered a threat to us in America (just a lingering threat for some poor African nations). No companies want to bring a vaccine or a drug to market, when they don’t forecast profit. It’s the story of orphan drugs and now orphan vaccines! The story is compelling because it illustrates that the interests of private companies are not always aligned with the interests of the public.
For the most recent on Ebola, try this source.