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Obama Appoints New Ebola ‘Czar'; Choice Receives Praise, Criticism

News sources discuss U.S. President Barack Obama’s appointment of Ron Klain as the U.S. Ebola coordinator. New York Times: Obama Names Democratic Operative to Coordinate Ebola Response “President Obama named a trusted political adviser on Friday to take over the government’s response to the deadly Ebola virus, as health officials…

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…

Kerry Urges Greater International Response To Ebola

News outlets report on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s call for intensified international responses to Ebola. The Guardian: Ebola ‘could be scourge like HIV,’ John Kerry warns the world “Britain and the United States have issued stark warnings that the international community will be responsible for a substantial loss of…

Blog Profiles USAID’s First Disaster Expert On Ground In West Africa

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: Justin Pendarvis: “We have to demystify Ebola. It’s not a superhuman and magical thing.” Natalie Hawwa, a USAID press officer for the Disaster Assistance Response Team in Monrovia, Liberia, profiles Justin Pendarvis, one of the public health advisers at USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. According to…

Debate Continues Over Effectiveness Of Travel Bans Amid Ebola Epidemic

News outlets report on the debate over travel bans in light of the Ebola epidemic. Agence France-Presse: Halting Guinea flights over Ebola would be ‘nonsense': France (10/19). Al Jazeera: Ebola fears spur more travel bans (10/17). Associated Press: Effectiveness of Ebola travel ban questioned (Werner, 10/18). Associated Press: Obama: U.S.…

Public, Private Entities Continue Efforts To Develop Ebola Vaccines, Therapies

Media outlets report on various aspects of efforts to develop a vaccine for Ebola and produce more doses of experimental drugs to treat the disease. ABC News: Will There Be an Ebola Vaccine Soon? (Besser, 10/17). Agence France-Presse: Experimental Ebola vaccine expected in Geneva Tuesday: hospital (10/19). Agence France-Presse: Ebola…

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss Ebola Outbreak

The following editorials and opinion pieces discuss various aspects of the ongoing Ebola outbreak. New York Times: Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola Editorial Board “Cuba is an impoverished island that remains largely cut off from the world … Yet, having pledged to deploy hundreds of medical professionals to the front…

Congress Should Overturn Policy Restricting U.S. Global Family Planning Funding

Daily Beast: Time for U.S. to Support Abortion for Rape Victims in Other Countries Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federal of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund “…[T]he U.S. needs to end a 40-year-old policy that blocks women in other countries from accessing abortion. This law, known as the…