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E.U. Commits 1B Euros For West African Ebola Efforts; Appoints Coordinator To Manage Response

News outlets report on new pledges from the E.U. for Ebola efforts in West Africa.

Agence France-Presse: E.U. boosts Ebola aid for West Africa to 1.0 billion euros
“European Union leaders agreed Friday to boost aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa to one billion euros ($1.26 billion), EU president Herman Van Rompuy said…” (10/24).

Associated Press: Cameron: E.U. secures $1.25 billion for Ebola fight
“British Prime Minister David Cameron says that the European Union and its 28 member nations have secured one billion euros ($1.25 billion) to fight the Ebola crisis in West Africa…” (10/24).

The Guardian: U.K. pledges £80m more aid to tackle Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone
“David Cameron pledged a further £80m aid for Sierra Leone to combat the Ebola epidemic as he told European leaders they should commit more resources to containing and eradicating the virus. The prime minister announced the aid at an European council summit in Brussels, bringing Britain’s pledge to £205m, about a third of the amount pledged by the E.U. as a whole…” (Traynor, 10/23).

New York Times: Britain Pledges Millions to Fight Ebola and Chides Others to Spend More
“…The scale of the health crisis pushed Ebola to the center of a gathering of European Union leaders in Brussels that was focused on trying to reach a deal on cutting greenhouse gases and bolstering cleaner forms of energy after 2020…” (Kanter/Higgins, 10/23).

Reuters: E.U. names coordinator to step up response to Ebola
“The European Union appointed a coordinator on Thursday to lead its drive to fight Ebola in West Africa following criticism that European efforts so far to contain the world’s worst recorded outbreak of the disease have been inadequate. Christos Stylianides, who takes over on Nov. 1 as the E.U.’s commissioner for humanitarian affairs and crisis management, will also be the 28-nation bloc’s point man on Ebola…” (Croft, 10/23).

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