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USAID Administrator Discusses Launch of USG Ebola Grand Challenge

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Calling All Innovators To Help Fight Ebola USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah discusses the launch of the U.S. government’s new Grand Challenge focused on Ebola. He writes, “[Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development] seeks new practical and cost-effective solutions to improve infection treatment and control…

House, Senate Committees Approve $750M In Funding For U.S. Ebola Response

News outlets report on congressional action to approve funding for the U.S. Ebola response in West Africa. Associated Press/ABC News: Inhofe Gives Final OK to $700M to Fight Ebola “…Oklahoma GOP Sen. James Inhofe, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave his OK to shift leftover Afghanistan…

Kerry Calls On International Community To ‘Step Up’ Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s calls for increased international efforts to contain Ebola made Wednesday during a press conference. Agence France-Presse: Kerry urges all nations to boost Ebola fight “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued an ‘urgent plea’ Wednesday to all nations to step…

U.S. Domestic Ebola Response Requires ‘Appropriate Sense Of Urgency’, Says Obama

The Hill: Obama calls for ‘appropriate sense of urgency’ on Ebola efforts “President Barack Obama urged 1,500 state health leaders on Wednesday to do their part to prevent the spread of Ebola, calling them ‘partners in this fight’ against the deadly disease. Speaking hours after the first U.S. Ebola patient…

White House Announces Enhanced Ebola Screening At Five U.S. Airports

News outlets report on the White House announcement that increased screening for Ebola will be put in place at five major U.S. airports for those arriving from the West African countries hardest hit by the virus. The Hill: WH: Ebola screening will reach 94 percent arriving in U.S. from West…

U.S. Trains Health Care Workers To Respond To Ebola In West Africa

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Steps Up Training of Health Workers in Ebola Fight The newspaper describes “…a three-day course set up by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prepare medical workers to deploy to West Africa. … The CDC course is instructing 36 medical staff this week, and…

Texas Ebola Patient Dies

News outlets report on the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. The Atlantic: The Texas Ebola Patient Has Died “Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died [Wednesday] morning, a spokesman for the…