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Canada Steps Up Contribution To Fight Ebola

News outlets report on Canada’s announcement on Friday that it will step up its contribution to fight Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Canada to double U.N. contribution to fight Ebola “Canada has promised to double its financial contribution to the United Nations’ fight against Ebola in West Africa, the country’s…

Blog Profiles USAID’s First Disaster Expert On Ground In West Africa

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Justin Pendarvis: “We have to demystify Ebola. It’s not a superhuman and magical thing.” Natalie Hawwa, a USAID press officer for the Disaster Assistance Response Team in Monrovia, Liberia, profiles Justin Pendarvis, one of the public health advisers at USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. According to…

Debate Continues Over Effectiveness Of Travel Bans Amid Ebola Epidemic

News outlets report on the debate over travel bans in light of the Ebola epidemic. Agence France-Presse: Halting Guinea flights over Ebola would be ‘nonsense': France (10/19). Al Jazeera: Ebola fears spur more travel bans (10/17). Associated Press: Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned (Werner, 10/18). Associated Press: Obama: U.S.…

Public, Private Entities Continue Efforts To Develop Ebola Vaccines, Therapies

Media outlets report on various aspects of efforts to develop a vaccine for Ebola and produce more doses of experimental drugs to treat the disease. ABC News: Will There Be an Ebola Vaccine Soon? (Besser, 10/17). Agence France-Presse: Experimental Ebola vaccine expected in Geneva Tuesday: hospital (10/19). Agence France-Presse: Ebola…

Underreporting Of Cases Likely In West African Ebola Epidemic

News outlets examine the challenges of collecting accurate data on how many people have become infected with or died from Ebola in West Africa. The Guardian: Ebola: Liberia deaths ‘far higher than reported’ as officials downplay epidemic “The true death toll from the Ebola epidemic is being masked by chaotic…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Outbreak

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the ongoing Ebola outbreak. New York Times: Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola Editorial Board “Cuba is an impoverished island that remains largely cut off from the world … Yet, having pledged to deploy hundreds of medical professionals to the front…

Obama To Appoint Former VP Chief Of Staff Ron Klain As ‘Ebola Czar’

News outlets report on the announcement this morning from the White House that U.S. President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain as the new Ebola response coordinator. CNN: Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar “President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his ‘Ebola czar,’ knowledgeable sources tell CNN.…

Blog, Other Posts Address Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic

The following posts address various aspects of the Ebola epidemic. American Civil Liberties Union’s “Free Future”: Treat Ebola as a Public Health Issue, Not a National Security Matter (Stanley, 10/15). Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal, Newborn and Child Mortality in Africa’s “Updates”: Peter Piot on Ebola and Maternal Mortality…