Jeffrey Gettleman - the East Africa Bureau chief for The New York Times - argues here that Ebola should be easy to solve. The challenges are not so much biological, he says, but logistics. Dehydration is the major threat to many ebola patients. While there certainly is some room to improve our molecular understandings of the virus, and I think attention to vaccine development is worthwhile, Mr. Gettleman has a point. This epidemic is as much about logistics as it is biology. Its horrible and awful and complicated, but these problems are solvable.
Ebola is as much about logistics as medicine. The key to defeating it is enough ambulances, enough hospital beds and a competent way to identify sick people, get them into care quickly before they infect others and then replenish the fluids they lose because of the virus.