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Ebola Death Toll Reaches 2,630 Out Of 5,357 Cases, WHO Says

News outlets report on the WHO’s announcement that the number of Ebola cases is growing rapidly and the virus has killed roughly half of those infected. Agence France-Presse: Ebola death toll climbs to 2,630 out of 5,357 cases: WHO “The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected more than…

White House Calls For Task Force To Devise Strategy To Tackle Antibiotic Resistance

News outlets report on President Barack Obama’s executive order to set up a task force aimed at combating the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, setting a deadline of February 15 for its members to submit a strategy. CNN: President signs order to fight superbugs “The rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria could lead…

Senate Approves Stopgap Spending Bill Before Adjourning

National Journal: Senate Approves Spending Bill and Syria Measure, Heads for Exits “…Congress completed its last preelection task Thursday as the Senate voted to send President Obama a stopgap spending bill coupled with an authorization to arm and train Syrian rebels for combat against the Islamic State. And then senators…

Obama Announces New Aid To Ukraine, Including $7M For Humanitarian Assistance

The Hill: Obama to offer $53M in new aid to Ukraine “President Obama will announce a new $53 million aid package on Thursday as he meets with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office. The package includes $7 million for international relief organizations providing humanitarian aid to civilians impacted…

Donating Cash To Organizations Responding To Ebola Best Way To Help

Washington Post: Giving cash is the best way to combat Ebola Juanita Rilling, director of the USAID Center for International Disaster Information “Much has been reported on the Ebola outbreak, but little information has been provided on how the public can contribute to the relief effort. … The most effective…

Collaboration Key For Strengthened Health Systems

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Collaboration is key for protecting U.S. investments in global health, say health leaders Rabita Aziz, policy research coordinator for the Center for Global Health Policy, summarizes comments made Wednesday by Mark Dybul, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and…