President Barack Obama issued an executive memorandum Thursday immunizing federal contractors hired to address the Ebola outbreak in West Africa against lawsuits for importing Ebola into the United States.
An unnamed spokesperson for the agency responded: “Yes. The indemnification applies only to the extent that the claim, loss, or damage arises out of or results from exposure to Ebola in the course of performance of a contract and exceeds applicable insurance coverage.”
In other words, if a Company A employee contracts Ebola while working in West Africa, brings the disease back to the United States, is not quarantined and ends up infecting members of the general public, Company A is protected from any lawsuits from these secondary victims.
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