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Ebola Epidemic Serves As ‘Ultimate Reminder’ For Countries To Thoroughly Prepare For Disease Outbreaks

USA TODAY: 4 lessons from Ebola wars: Our view
Editorial Board

“…At this week’s Group of Seven summit in Germany, the major powers had an opportunity to show what they had learned [from West Africa’s Ebola epidemic]. Instead, they tossed out vague promises of improvement with no concrete strategies or money to make them happen. That’s disappointing because one of Ebola’s most powerful legacies could be the lessons it teaches. Here are four: Delay is deadly. … Calmness counts. … Let science lead. … Be prepared. … Ebola is the ultimate reminder that preparation can’t be put aside after each crisis fades” (6/9).

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