We kid you not: St Louis officer shoots unarmed black teen -- again; Ebola vaccine hold up could be to protect corporate profits

October 12, 2014

St Louis officer shoots unarmed Black teen ― yes, again

“Angry protests erupted again in St. Louis on Wednesday night after an 18-year-old man was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer ― reigniting tensions in a city still reeling from the killing of Mike Brown in nearby Ferguson in August …

“Vonderrit Myers -- who like Brown, was African-American -- was killed in a confrontation with an off-duty police officer Police say the unnamed officer was a six-year veteran of the St. Louis police department and that he responded with fire after the teen shot at him at least three times ...

“But family members of the victim said the boy had no gun and was carrying only 'a sandwich'. The manager of the store Myers left moments before his death told a local reporter that, based on surveillance video, he believed the teen was not armed.”

-- Vice.com, October 9.

Ebola vaccine delayed by bid to protect corporate profits

“For the past six weeks, about 800 to 1,000 doses of an experimental ebola vaccine have been sitting in a Canadian laboratory instead of being dispensed to West Africa. The delay, it would now appear, may be on account of an intellectual property spat.

“Back on August 13th, the Canadian government announced that it would donate doses of its experimental Ebola vaccine to the international community ...

“The Canadian government still owns the patent, but it's licensed to a private company, the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The 800 to 1,000 doses should've been shipped to West Africa by now, but [Science Insider says] a U.S.-based company that purchased a license to the vaccine's commercialization from the Canadian feds is 'dragging its feet' ... because it is worried about losing control over the development of the vaccine'.”

-- io9.com, October 3.

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