State Department Has Shelved Plans to Bring Foreign Ebola Patients to U.S.

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, October 28, 2014

The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world’s medical backstop.

Some countries “are implicitly or explicitly waiting for medevac assurances” before they will agree to send their own medical teams to join U.S. and U.N. aid workers on the ground, the State Department argues in the undated four-page memo, which was reviewed by The Washington Times.

“The United States needs to show leadership and act as we are asking others to act by admitting certain non-citizens into the country for medical treatment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during the Ebola crisis,” says the four-page memo, which lists as its author Robert Sorenson, deputy director of the office of international health and biodefense.

More than 10,000 people have become infected with Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and the U.S. has taken a lead role in arguing that the outbreak must be stopped in West Africa. President Obama has committed thousands of U.S. troops and has deployed American medical personnel, but other countries have been slow to follow.

In the memo, officials say their preference is for patients go to Europe, but there are some cases in which the U.S. is “the logical treatment destination for non-citizens.”

The document has been shared with Congress, where lawmakers already are nervous about the administration’s handling of the Ebola outbreak. The memo even details the expected price per patient, with transportation costs at $200,000 and treatment at $300,000.

A State Department official signaled Tuesday evening that the discussions had been shelved.

“There is no policy of the U.S. government to allow entry of non-U.S. citizen Ebola-infected to the United States. There is no consideration in the State Department of changing that policy,” the official said.

Another official said the department is considering using American aircraft equipped to handle Ebola cases to transport noncitizens to other countries.

“We have discussed allowing other countries to use our medevac capabilities to evacuate their own citizens to their home countries or third-countries, subject to reimbursement and availability,” the second department official said.

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The State Department memo says only Germany has agreed to take non-German citizens who contract Ebola.

European nations are closer to West Africa, making transport easier, the State Department memo said.

Officials said the U.S. is the right place to treat some cases, notably those in which non-Americans are contracted to work in West Africa for U.S.-based charities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the U.S. Agency for International Development.

“So far all of the Ebola medevacs brought back to U.S. hospitals have been U.S. citizens. But there are many non-citizens working for U.S. government agencies and organizations in the Ebola-affected countries of West Africa,” the memo says. “Many of them are citizens of countries lacking adequate medical care, and if they contracted Ebola in the course of their work they would need to be evacuated to medical facilities in the United States or Europe.”

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  • MekongDelta69

    Have you ever seen anybody as vapid as those two ditzy, dumb blondes who are the spokes-things for the State Dep’t.?

    • Pathfinder75

      Yes,on the Fox “News” Channel.

  • Although the arrogance of the anti-white Kenyan occupational government in Washington is unbelievable, once in a while a firestorm of protest reins them in. White taxpayers need to make clear that bringing Ebola infected persons into the US is unacceptable. No ifs. No ands. No buts. Totally unacceptable. And then watch these corrupt liars with hawk-like eyes because they WILL try to pull something behind our backs.

    • Oil Can Harry

      I absolutely believe Barack Ebola’s claim that these plans have been shelved.
      Until after the November elections.

  • A win is win, and this is, and I’ll take it.

    But it’s kinda sad that we’re celebrating having pushed back what should have never been considered to begin with, that which those who actually proposed it should have been sent to the rubber room for being so crazy.

    • Larry Klein

      For this type of heinous idea they should be fired and thrown under the jail. Most asinine thing I ever heard of.

  • Adolf Verloc

    I wonder if the first question that Albert Schweitzer or Father Damien had before undertaking their missions was “Gee, will I get a medevac to the United States if I really get sick?” Sorry, all you wannabee Bwana Mkumbas in Darkest Africa – if the standard of treatment is good enough for the natives at your facility, it’s good enough for you.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Even Nigeria and Senegal figgered this conundrum out – totally sealed borders from those places infected.

      Looks like we came to some form of sense. For now…

  • phorning

    Why don’t they disclose which countries are willing to send medical personnel to treat Ebola only if they are assured any of them that become infected will be treated in the United States? Shouldn’t these countries be shamed into allowing their own citizens to return for medical treatment at home?

  • Tarczan

    They probably never intended to do this. Every once in a while they throw some outrageous concept to get everyone worked up. It serves to divert attention from other matters, and it lowers the threshold for the next outrage. And frankly, Obama enjoys tweaking the noses of white America. Remember when he was first elected how he was supposedly going to order troops to sign allegiance to him; or when he signed the one big gov legislation in the Ronald Reagan building? He just gets his jollies doing this stuff.

    • me

      Yes he does. Sick freak.

  • KyraNelson

    I think it’s a great idea for Barak & Michelle and their cute daughters to invite these really sick, highly contagious non- citizens into THEIR home.

  • IKUredux

    The bottom line is this: If you didn’t know already, you are nothing but an expendable cog. Nobody in the government, cares if you live, or die.

  • The State Department memo says only Germany has agreed to take non-German citizens who contract Ebola.

    Ahh yes, Germany. Another country with a Death Wish.

    • me

      Oy, the White Guilt is Germany’s ebola.

  • If some one in the current administration had a clue how to deal with Ebola, you would ask the acting Surgeon general Boris D. Lushniak. being that obumer is unable to appoint one. The feds are cluless once again, and there is no leadership on this issue. the last thing we should do is bring the infected hear. Treat them their but….as some have seen that there are many blacks how think that the white man created Ebola….ya go ahead and believe that….don’t go to a white doctor, no. they are there to kill you and make your young sterile. the best thing an African can do is to only be treated by black doctors and the village shaman. other wise you just might end up as an experiment or another casualty of the Great White Blue Eyed Devil….by the way I love the title of the blue eyed devil…..many latino’s have called me this….they think im after there women……and no im really not….unless she is very American and like my family has cut ties to the old country of origin….then may be.

  • Cucksmasher_14

    Obongo is a virulently racist and homicidal megalomaniac. He obviously feels closer to 65-IQ Afreakin savages than middle class America.

    He wants to infect White Americans with Ebola in his twisted marxist dream of attaining “equality” because he believes we won’t make serious efforts to find a cure and/or vaccine unless sufficient numbers of Whites get sick and die from it.

    The irony is that 99.9% of Ebola fatalities are black and non-blacks who get it seem to recover far more often. So the wanna-be genocidal emperor could end up killing off much of his base in this insane act of homicidal bloodlust.