G7 Leaders Discuss Disease Outbreak Response, Climate Change, African Development At Elmau Summit

BBC News: David Cameron to unveil ‘disease detectives’ plan
“Prime Minister David Cameron is to unveil plans for a rapid reaction force of U.K. medical experts to respond to future pandemics like Ebola. He will urge fellow world leaders to ‘wake up’ to the threat posed by such diseases at the G7 summit in Germany…” (6/7).

Reuters: Global health leaders ask G7 for post-Ebola rapid response unit
“Global health leaders will ask G7 leaders this weekend to back the creation of a specialist rapid response unit to tackle outbreaks of infectious killer diseases. The move reflects how the World Health Organization in particular was caught unprepared last year by Ebola, which spread through three West African countries, has killed 11,000 people, and will not be stamped out before the end of this year…” (Kelland, 6/5).

Reuters: Merkel presses G7 leaders to agree on tough climate goals
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Group of Seven (G7) leaders to commit to tough goals to cut greenhouse gases on the final day of their summit in Bavaria on Monday … Climate change topped the agenda for Monday’s sessions, at which the leaders were also set to discuss combating epidemics and other health issues, the fight against terrorism from Boko Haram to Islamic State, and African development…” (Carrel, 6/8).

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