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A looming problem: How to ration Ebola vaccines and medicines
A looming problem: How to ration Ebola vaccines and medicines

For doctors and public health officials trying to contain the Ebola epidemic, the dearth of drugs and vaccines is only part of the problem. Once these medicines become available, there certainly won't be enough of them to go around. So experts are devising ways to ration the precious products — and that forces them to ask some difficult questions: Is the life of a physician worth more than a truck driver? Is a foreign aid worker more deserving of a vaccine than a nurse who lives in West Africa? Is it fair to turn thousands of at-risk people into clinical trial guinea pigs? "It's hard to know what's the right thing to do," said Dr. William Schaffner, an...

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