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European Nations Agree To Ramp Up Ebola Efforts In West Africa

News outlets report on European nations’ efforts to ramp up their responses to Ebola in West Africa.

Agence France-Presse: E.U. agrees to appoint Ebola czar
“European Union foreign ministers agreed Monday to appoint an Ebola coordinator to bring together resources and funding to tackle the deadly disease before it becomes a global disaster. … The coordinator will be based at the E.U.’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre in Brussels…” (10/20).

Devex: Ministers ‘agree to agree’ on ramping up E.U.’s Ebola response
“More money, more coordination, more staff on the ground, more equipment. For the European Union’s foreign ministers, it’s clear what is needed to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Nevertheless, progress was still painstakingly slow as they met in Luxembourg Monday, and the gathering wrapped up with a solemn vow to step up efforts — but there were few concrete steps…” (Kramers, 10/21).

Associated Press: France pledges new measures in anti-Ebola fight
“France’s foreign minister pleaded for greater efforts to stem the spread of the Ebola virus, while pledging that France would intensify its measures in the hard-hit West African nation of Guinea. Laurent Fabius and U.N. Special Envoy for Ebola David Nabarro ‘agreed that the international community must further intensify its efforts’ to fight the virus, the foreign minister said after a meeting with Nabarro…” (10/21).

Agence France-Presse: U.K. minister, troops fly to Sierra Leone in Ebola effort
“International Development Secretary Justine Greening joined around 100 soldiers on a flight to Sierra Leone early Tuesday as part of Britain’s response to the deadly Ebola virus. … They will staff an Ebola Training Academy alongside around 90 personnel from 22 Field Hospital who left for Sierra Leone last week…” (10/21).

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