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ONE Analysis Examines Key Ebola Data, Finds Gaps

ONE: New ONE analysis shows major gaps in Ebola response data In an analysis of three new Ebola response trackers, ONE Global Health Policy Director Erin Hohlfelder and Research Assistant Anu Dathan “set out the latest on what key countries have promised — our best attempt at outlining which countries…

WHO Updates Guidelines For Ebola Protective Equipment For Health Care Workers

Media sources report on the WHO’s announcement that it is updating its guidelines for Ebola protective equipment worn by health care workers. The Hill: WHO toughens standards for Ebola protective gear “Global health officials are raising their standards for protective gear worn by health care workers who treat Ebola amid…

Canada Suspends Visas For Residents, Nationals Of Ebola-Stricken West African Nations

News outlets report Canada is restricting visas for people from West African nations hit worst by the Ebola epidemic. Agence France-Presse: Canada halts visas for residents of Ebola-hit nations “Canada on Friday announced it was suspending visa applications for residents of Ebola-hit nations in a bid to prevent the deadly…

Singapore To Require Visas For Travelers From 3 West African Nations Worst Affected By Ebola

Agence France-Presse: Singapore requires visa for Ebola-hit African states “Citizens of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will need a visa to enter Singapore as part of measures against the spread of Ebola, the city-state’s health ministry said Monday. … Singapore’s health ministry said the visa requirement for citizens of the…

WFP Charters Ship To Bring Food Supply To Ebola-Hit Liberia, Sierra Leone

Bloomberg News: U.N. Charters Food Ship for Africa as Ebola Disrupts Supply “The United Nations’ food-aid agency chartered a ship to transport supplies to West African countries hit by Ebola as trade disruptions linked to the outbreak stoke food prices in Liberia and Sierra Leone. The two-month vessel charter has…

Canada Commits New Funding For Ebola Vaccine, Treatment R&D

Reuters: Canada commits funding for Ebola vaccine research, stockpile “Canada announced new funding on Monday for clinical trials into an Ebola vaccine, and to create a stockpile of the vaccine and experimental treatments for use in the event the deadly disease reaches the country…” (Mordant, 11/3).

State Department Fields Questions From African Diaspora Communities On U.S. Ebola Response

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: U.S. Department of State Engages African Diaspora Communities on the U.S. Response to the Ebola Crisis Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs David Duckenfield summarizes questions and answers from a State Department conference call with more than “200 members of the African diaspora…

Humanitarian Agencies Adopt New Strategies For Ebola Efforts

IRIN: Aid agencies adapt to Ebola challenge “From using Bitcoins to fundraise, to adopting new strategies to prevent malaria victims appearing to be Ebola cases, to working with new partners — aid agencies in West Africa are learning to adapt fast…” (11/4).

Media Sources Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Drug, Vaccine R&D

Media sources report on various issues surrounding research into Ebola vaccines and treatments. Associated Press: U.S. officials unveil plan to test Ebola drugs (Marchione, 11/5). CIDRAP News: FDA, industry officials vow to minimize barriers to Ebola vaccines (Roos, 11/5). Reuters: U.S. Ebola researchers plead for access to virus samples (Steenhuysen,…