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A.U. Leaders To Discuss Ebola, Preparations For Future Disease Outbreaks

Agence France-Presse: African Union vows Ebola fund as Oxfam calls for ‘Marshall Plan’ “The African Union plans to launch an Ebola fund and disease control center, officials said Wednesday, as aid agency Oxfam warned leaders needed to keep their promises to boost health care systems on the continent…” (1/28). Devex:…

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Safe, Elicits Immune Response, Researchers Say

Agence France-Presse: Ebola vaccine is safe, researchers say “Preliminary results from a clinical trial on an experimental Ebola vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. National Institutes of Health suggest it is safe for use, researchers said Wednesday…” (1/28). Press Association/The Guardian: Cautious optimism follows results from trials of early…

USAID’s DART Team Faced Logistical Challenges In Ebola Response

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Anatomy of a Logistics Operation: How USAID is Equipping Ebola Fighters on the Frontlines Carol Han, press officer for USAID’s Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), discusses the logistical challenges and complex coordination DART members faced in responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (1/28).

Questions Remain Whether WHO Reform Politically, Bureaucratically Feasible

Chatham House: Devil in the Detail for WHO’s Ebola Resolution Charles Clift, senior consulting fellow at the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, discusses the resolution recently passed by the WHO Executive Board. “…It is very much open to question whether a strategy which seeks to centralize the…

World Bank President Proposes Global Funding Mechanism For Future Pandemics

BBC News: Ebola crisis: World ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future pandemics “The world is ‘dangerously unprepared’ for future deadly pandemics like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the president of the World Bank has warned. Jim Yong Kim, speaking in Washington, said it was vital that governments, corporations, aid agencies, and…

USAID Ramps Up Efforts To Inform, Educate Liberian Public About Ebola

Devex: USAID broadens effort to correct Ebola misinformation in Liberia “In the scramble to reach the most remote residents of Ebola-hit Liberia, the U.S. Agency for International Development has signed on Mercy Corps as lead in a consortium of more than 70 other organizations to spread information about the disease…

Vigilance Must Remain High, Gaps Filled In West African Ebola Response, MSF Says

The Hill: Groups warn ‘critical gaps remain’ in Ebola response “One of the largest groups fighting Ebola in West Africa is warning the world not to slow down its response to the disease even as the number of cases continues to plummet across the region…” (Ferris, 1/26). Reuters: Single new…

Scientists Question Whether Ebola Immunity Contributing To Decline In Case Numbers

Reuters: Scientists ask if Ebola immunizes as well as kills “…So-called ‘asymptomatic’ Ebola cases — in which someone is exposed to the virus, develops antibodies, but doesn’t get sick or suffer symptoms — are hotly disputed among scientists, with some saying their existence is little more than a pipe dream.…