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European Nations Agree To Ramp Up Ebola Efforts In West Africa

News outlets report on European nations’ efforts to ramp up their responses to Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: E.U. agrees to appoint Ebola czar “European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to appoint an Ebola coordinator to bring together resources and funding to tackle the deadly disease before it becomes…

U.N.’s Ban Cancels Planned Surprise Trip To West Africa

Foreign Policy: Exclusive: Ban Cancels Visit to Ebola-Ravaged West Africa “…On Oct. 31, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon planned to make a surprise trip to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to underscore the need to end the region’s increasing isolation and counter what he has argued is an overblown fear of…

Sierra Leone Reports Uptick In Ebola Cases, Opens First Ebola Orphanage

News outlets report on the spreading Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and the disease’s impact on the country’s orphaned children. Associated Press: Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone “After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the…

Large Ebola Vaccine Trial Could Begin In January In West Africa, WHO Says

News outlets report on efforts to develop Ebola vaccines and therapies. Associated Press: WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in January (Heilprin, 10/21). The Hill: Ebola vaccine to begin trials in West Africa in January (Ferris, 10/21). New York Times: Testing for Ebola Vaccines to Start Soon, WHO Says…

Cuba’s Response To Ebola Outbreak Receives Attention, Praise

News outlets report on Cuba’s contributions to Ebola efforts in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Cuban response to Ebola outbreak helps thaw relations with U.S. “Cuba’s contribution of hundreds of doctors and nurses to fight Ebola puts the island at the forefront of the international response and is even thawing relations…

Ebola Challenges West Africa’s Tenuous Stability

New York Times: Ebola Outbreak Erodes Recent Advances in West Africa “…Ebola is fast washing away the small gains made over the last decade in war-scarred parts of West Africa, as schools shut down, immunization campaigns are suspended, and a food crisis looms as farmers abandon their fields…” (Sengupta, 10/21).

China Evacuates Workers From West Africa, Impacting Economy

Wall Street Journal: Ebola Fears Spark China Pullback in West Africa “…China’s massive commercial footprint in Africa has grown despite civil wars and military coups. Ebola is a different story. Companies from the continent’s largest trade partner have evacuated scores of workers from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa — curtailing…

New Yorker Article Explores History Of Ebola Epidemic, Research Into Therapies

New Yorker: The Ebola Wars “…After Ebola infected the boy, it went from him to his mother, who died, to his three-year-old sister, who died, and to their grandmother, who died, and then it left the village and began moving through the human population of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.…

U.N. Helps Organize Polio Vaccinations In 6 Central African Nations

VOA News: U.N. to Aid Central Africa in Polio Vaccinations “The United Nations said it is assisting six Central African countries in organizing synchronized vaccinations after Cameroon reported a fifth case of the wild polio virus in its territory…” (Kindzeka, 10/21).