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U.S. Military, Administration, Congress Make Moves To Better Respond To Ebola Domestically, In West Africa

Media sources report on U.S. military, administration, and congressional actions to address Ebola domestically and internationally. DoD News: Health Chief Outlines Precautions for Ebola Response Troops “Fighting the West Africa Ebola epidemic is immediately and strategically important to the United States, and the Defense Department is taking every precaution to minimize…

Microsoft Co-Founder Pledges At Least $100M For West African Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s pledge of at least $100 million for Ebola efforts in West Africa. CNBC: Paul Allen pledges $100 million to fight Ebola (Mangan, 10/23). Fortune: The tech exec who’s trying to destroy Ebola (Snyder, 10/23). Los Angeles Times: Billionaire Paul Allen pledges at…

Evidence Shows Giving Cash To Refugees Is Effective Form Of Aid

Reuters: Cash aid for refugees succeeds despite donors’ doubts “For decades, aid groups have assumed they know what’s best for refugees and the poor; a growing body of evidence suggests they’re wrong. … Aid agencies are tentatively … giving away cash and letting refugees decide for themselves what they need.…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Epidemic

The following editorials and opinion pieces address issues surrounding the Ebola epidemic. New York Times: Beyond Screening for Ebola Editorial Board “The new monitoring rules to be placed on travelers coming into the United States from three Ebola-affected countries in West Africa form a smart and workable response to a…

News Outlets Discuss Various Efforts To Develop, Test Ebola Vaccines

News outlets report on various efforts to develop and test Ebola vaccines. Associated Press: Johnson & Johnson plans Ebola vaccine testing (10/22). CQ HealthBeat: J&J Plans More Than 1 Million Ebola Vaccine Doses Next Year (Young, 10/22). Financial Times: GSK expects first doses of Ebola vaccine ready by year end…

Scientists Express Concern Over Temporary Ban On New Gain-Of-Function Research Funding

Science Magazine: Researchers rail against moratorium on risky virus experiments “A moratorium on certain risky virology studies imposed by the U.S. government last Friday has gone too far, a number of researchers said [Wednesday]. At a meeting at which experts were tasked with hashing out the risks and benefits of…

Scientific Community Ready For ‘Constructive Discussion’ Over Gain-Of-Function Research

Nature: A ripe time for gaining ground Editorial Board “Late last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced an immediate pause in all new government funding for gain-of-function (GOF) research — experiments to boost the transmissibility, virulence,…

Quickly Mobilizing Resources Vital To Successful Ebola Response In West Africa, Experts Say

MSNBC: Ebola aid groups worry about delays and staffing shortfalls “…[L]eading aid groups warn that staffing shortfalls, logistical challenges, and other bottlenecks could undermine efforts by the U.S and its partners to fight [Ebola in West Africa]. … Concerns about the Ebola response in West Africa go beyond finances. ‘It’s…

Congressional Appropriators Examine Funding For CDC, NIH Ebola Efforts

CQ News: CDC, NIH Could Seek Additional Funds if Ebola Crisis Deepens “Appropriators are weighing whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health have enough funding to respond to the Ebola outbreak and still handle their regular duties, as the administration prepares a supplemental…