FAKE-NEWS - 'Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People'
OutlineReport circulating via social media claims that the CDC has released a statement noting that a trial vaccine for the Ebola virus only works on people with white skin.
Brief AnalysisThe message is nonsense. The CDC has made no such statement. The report comes from the fake-news 'satirical' website TheNewsNerd. Stories published on TheNewsNerd should not be taken seriously.
Report Claims Trial Ebola Vaccine Only Works on White People
Supposedly, during a trial in which 200 people were given the vaccine, it proved to be only effective for those with white skin.
The report has caused angst and outrage and has given racist trolls ammunition to spread their hateful doctrines.
Report is False - Comes from Fake-News Website TheNewsNerd
Moreover, in a legitimate statement published on its website, the CDC notes that an experimental treatment for Ebola being developed by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc has not yet been tested on humans for safety or effectiveness. Several other possible Ebola treatments are currently being researched with some human trials already started or due to start next year.
But, of course, there are no credible reports that support the article's claim that any of the new treatments will only work on people with white skin.
In fact, the report is an extremely poor taste - and decidedly inept - attempt at satirical humour that comes courtesy of the fake-news website TheNewsNerd. The site considers itself satirical and includes the following disclaimer in the footer of its pages:
The stories posted on TheNewsNerd are for entertainment purposes only. The stories may mimic articles found in the headlines, but rest assured they are purely satirical.The fake report uses an image stolen from earlier news stories about the Ebola outbreak in Guinea. Rather tellingly, the bogus report does not even manage to get the name of the CDC correct, referring to it as the 'Center of Disease Control' rather than the 'Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'.
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Last updated: September 26, 2014
First published: September 26, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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