I almost feel sorry for the World Health Organisation.
For years they have been obsessed with tobacco. It is the world's greatest killer… millions dying every day… it must be eradicated and wiped off the face of the planet… blah blah blah.
Then along comes Ebola.
Now Ebola is grist to the mill for the WHO and their pals in Big Pharma. They can start bandying words like "outbreak" and "pandemic" to get the world really worried. After all, Ebola is almost a byword for a deadly plague, so it's a simple matter to whip the world up into a frenzy and to start spending billions on vaccines.
The only small problem is that there is no vaccine.
There is hope however for all Big Pharma shareholders. There is a potential vaccine on the horizon which just needs a few further tests and tweaks. Get that little baby rolling and Big Pharma will have one of its greatest bonanzas yet.
The big problem though is that that vaccine is derived from the tobacco plant. Is it good, or is it evil? Will they have to force people to wear nicotine patches after each inoculation? Will the vaccine be banned under the EU's Tobacco Products Directive? Will hypodermics have to carry a health warning [“While saving your life, this product can kill you”]?
What sweet irony.