Supporting Disease Research Is ‘Legitimate And Necessary Government Function’

Richmond Times-Dispatch: An Ebola Vaccine?
Editorial Board

“Concern about the spread of Ebola has waned in recent weeks. It would diminish more if a vaccine existed. … NIH officials say an Ebola vaccine could be a year or two closer to fruition had funding been adequate. The claim sounds self-serving; no agency has ever said it had enough money. It also could be true. Either way, the Ebola scare offers a bracing reminder that basic research is a legitimate and necessary government function — especially when it focuses on disease and other threats to the nation’s general welfare” (1/11).