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Proposed House Bill Would Prohibit U.S. Visas For People From Countries Hit Hardest By Ebola

The Hill: Bill would prohibit visas for foreigners from Ebola-stricken countries “Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) has introduced legislation to prevent visas for people from countries afflicted by the Ebola virus. Kelly argued that the U.S. should take any means possible to limit spread of the disease…” (Marcos, 11/25).

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Moves By Some U.S. States To Isolate HCWs Returning From Ebola Zones Hurting Volunteer Recruiting Efforts, Experts Say

Reuters: U.S. quarantine moves hurting Ebola response in Africa: Harvard “Moves by some U.S. states to isolate medical workers returning from fighting Ebola in West Africa could worsen the global health crisis by discouraging badly needed new volunteers, according to health experts at Harvard University…” (Valdmanis, 11/25).

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Growing Global Vaccine Market Helping Spur Drug Companies To Pursue Ebola Vaccine

The New Yorker: The Race for an Ebola Vaccine “…So why this race to create an Ebola vaccine among Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, and Johnson & Johnson — three of the world’s biggest drug manufacturers? … [O]ver the past several years, companies have realized that the difficulties of making vaccines could be…

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Editorial, Opinion Piece Urge Continued Short-, Long-Term Efforts To Contain Ebola, Strengthen Health Systems

New York Times: New Frontier for Ebola Editorial Board “…This is clearly no time for international agencies and national donors to let their guards down [against Ebola in West Africa]. The United States has led the international response so far by contributing the most money, equipment, and manpower and prodding…

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UNMEER Model Represents New Option For U.N. Emergency Response; WHO, UNAIDS Heads Visit Mali

News outlets report on the U.N.’s response to Ebola in West Africa. Devex: How UNMEER is leading the fight against Ebola “…Encouragingly, the deepening chaos and deafening criticism seem to have prompted the U.N. system to deploy a new kind of operation — the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response…

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U.S. General Notes Improvement In Liberian Ebola Outbreak; U.N. Will Miss Containment Goal In Sierra Leone; Mali Records Another Case, Up To 8

Reuters reports on aspects of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Mali. Reuters: ‘Dramatic improvement’ in Ebola outlook in Liberia: U.S. general “A U.S. general in the force helping Liberia fight the Ebola epidemic reported on Monday a dramatic improvement in the situation there and confirmed the cancellation…

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USAID Aims To Employ Innovation, Technology To Contain Ebola Epidemic

Washington Post: USAID seeks help from ‘maker movement’ in Ebola outbreak “…About 25 teams were pitching their ideas to a panel of judges from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Defense Department as part of USAID’s ‘Ebola Grand Challenge’ — a…

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U.S. Strains PPE Supplies, Complicating Efforts To Treat Ebola Patients In West Africa

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Buys Up Ebola Gear, Leaving Little for Africa “…The medical moon suit — which has come to symbolize the Ebola epidemic — is in short supply. … One of the demand spikes isn’t coming from West Africa — but from America. U.S. hospitals and government agencies…

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Health Officials Unsure Of Exact Ebola Case Numbers; WHO Reports 15,351 Cases, 5,459 Deaths

National Journal: We Don’t Actually Know How Many Ebola Cases There Are “…There have been 15,351 reported Ebola cases and 5,459 reported deaths, according to the most recent estimates released by the World Health Organization on Nov. 21. The vast majority of these are concentrated in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and…

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Merck Purchasing Rights To NewLink’s Experimental Ebola Vaccine

News outlets report on a deal between pharmaceutical companies Merck and NewLink to develop, test, and market a potential Ebola vaccine. NPR: Merck Partners With NewLink To Speed Up Work On Ebola Vaccine “[Monday] NewLink Genetics said it has made a deal with drugmaker Merck to research, develop, manufacture, and…

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