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U.S. Sen. Murray Wants New Budget Deal To Bolster U.S. Public Health R&D

CQ HealthBeat: Ebola Outbreak Shows Need for New Budget Deal, Murray Says “For Sen. Patty Murray [D-Wash.], the Ebola crisis has served as a stark reminder that Congress will soon need another major budget deal of the type that she negotiated last year to protect medical research and public health…

White House CIO Steps Down To Coordinate Ebola Efforts At USAID

News outlets report on Steven VanRoekel’s move from the White House to USAID to help lead the U.S. Ebola response. The Hill: USAID seeks to bring high-tech fight to Ebola “The White House’s chief information officer is being dispatched to improve the government’s use of technology and data to respond…

World Bank’s Jim Kim Says Ebola ‘Surprised Everyone’

Agence France-Presse: World Bank chief says Ebola took the world by surprise “The devastating Ebola outbreak caught the world off guard, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said Friday as he questioned the international community’s readiness to respond to other pandemics. ‘This has surprised everyone. None of us thought that…

Bill Clinton Calls For Increased Global Efforts In Ebola Fight

News outlets report on Bill Clinton’s call on Saturday for increased global efforts to fight Ebola. The Hill: Bill Clinton calls for aggressive response to Ebola outbreak “Bill Clinton called Saturday for the nations of the world to get more aggressive in the fight against the Ebola virus. The former…

Western Militaries Respond To West African Ebola Outbreak

News outlets report on Western nations’ military responses to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: More U.S. troops in Ebola-hit Liberia: airport source “A second deployment of United States troops arrived in Liberia on Sunday as part of an eventual mission of 3,000 soldiers helping its beleaguered health…

Sierra Leone Ends 3-Day Ebola Lockdown; Authorities Identify More Than 150 Cases

News outlets report on a three-day nationwide lockdown that ended on Sunday night, with authorities identifying more than 150 Ebola cases. BBC News: Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone lockdown declared ‘success’ “A three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone has been declared a success by authorities. The…

Despite New Clinics In W. Africa, Shortage Of Health Workers Threatens Ebola Efforts

Thomson Reuters Foundation: New Ebola clinics useless without more trained staff “A shortage of volunteers to staff the new Ebola clinics and hospitals the international community is building in West Africa threatens efforts to bring the deadly virus rapidly under control, aid agencies have warned…” (Dawson, 9/20).

Ebola Educators’ Murders Show Mistrust Of Authority In Rural West Africa, WHO Says

Reuters: Killings in Guinea show mistrust in Africa Ebola fight: WHO “The killing in Guinea of eight people trying to educate locals about Ebola showed how much rural populations in West Africa mistrust authorities after years of instability and conflict, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday…” (Nebehay/Miles, 9/19).

Opinion Pieces, Editorial Discuss Issues Surrounding Ebola Outbreak

The following opinion pieces and editorial discuss issues surrounding the West African Ebola outbreak. Los Angeles Times: To fight Ebola, create a Health Workforce Reserve force Michele Barry, senior associate dean for global health and director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University, and Lawrence Gostin, a…