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Investment In Global Health Security Urgently Needed

White House National Security Council: Why Global Health Security Is an Emergency Ambassador Susan Rice, the president’s national security adviser, discusses disease threats and the Global Health Security Agenda, writing, “…To secure the American people from global epidemics, we must stop these epidemics at their source. That requires building health…

WHO Asks Canada, Australia To Justify Ebola Travel Restrictions

News outlets report on the WHO’s request for Canada and Australia to justify their decisions to restrict travel from Ebola-hit West African countries. Agence France-Presse: Canada, Australia must explain visa block on Ebola nations “The World Health Organization said Wednesday it had asked Canada and Australia to justify their decisions…

Australia Bans Visas For People From Ebola-Affected West African Countries

News outlets report on Australia’s decision to issue a blanket ban on visas for people from Ebola-affected West African nations. Reuters: Australia issues blanket visa ban on Ebola-hit countries “Australia came under fire on Tuesday from health experts and rights advocates after it issued a blanket ban on visas from…

Obama Not Satisfied With U.S. Response To Ebola, Official Says

New York Times: Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe “Beneath the calming reassurance that President Obama has repeatedly offered during the Ebola crisis, there is a deepening frustration, even anger, with how the government has handled key elements of the response. … ‘It’s not tight,’ a visibly…

Technology Exists To Recreate Infectious Viruses From Genome Sequences

New York Times: Resurrecting Smallpox? Easier Than You Think Leonard Adleman, professor of computer science and molecular biology at the University of Southern California “…It is possible that the great labs, with great scientists, the best equipment and substantial funds, could overcome the considerable challenges that exist and resurrect smallpox…

Ebola Threatens International Peace, Security, WHO, U.S. Officials Warn

News outlets highlight comments by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and U.S. officials warning the Ebola epidemic threatens international security. Associated Press: WHO: Ebola is modern era’s worst health emergency “The World Health Organization called the Ebola outbreak ‘the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times’ on Monday but…

U.K. To Start Enhanced Screening For Air, Rail Passengers From Ebola-Affected Nations

News outlets report on the U.K.’s decision to conduct enhanced screenings of airline and railway passengers arriving from Ebola-stricken countries at Heathrow, Gatwick, and Eurostar terminals. BBC News: U.K. Ebola screening for arrivals from affected areas (10/9). BBC News: U.K. government defends Ebola screening decision (10/10). Financial Times: Heathrow and…