High-Level Officials From U.N., Financial Institutions, U.S. Administration Call For Increased Ebola Efforts, Funding

News outlets report on comments on the Ebola epidemic from high-ranking officials from the U.N., financial institutions, and the U.S. administration.

Reuters: United Nations says $1 bln Ebola appeal only one quarter funded
“The United Nations said on Friday that its appeal for $1 billion to respond to the West Africa Ebola outbreak was only 25 percent funded and a surge in trained health care personnel was also needed to help tackle the crisis…” (10/10).

Wall Street Journal: World Bank Calls for Emergency Fund for Disease Outbreaks
“The World Bank Group faulted the slowness of the global response to Ebola and called Friday for an international fund to distribute money quickly to affected countries…” (Mauldin, 10/10).

Agence France-Presse: Lagarde: don’t isolate Africa over Ebola
“IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Saturday pleaded with people to remember that all of Africa has not been hit with the deadly Ebola epidemic, which remains relatively isolated in three countries…” (10/11).

Reuters: Ebola funds should not be repackaged aid, Africa bank chief says
“The head of the African Development Bank expressed concern on Saturday that some donors responding to the Ebola crisis were repackaging aid money, funneling it away from other areas in need in the three countries at the center for the epidemic…” (Wroughton/Toweh, 10/11).

U.N. News Centre: ‘We are late, but not too late to fight and win this battle,’ against Ebola — U.N.
“Declaring that the world has never seen anything like the current Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa, senior United Nations officials today warned that the virus is ‘far ahead’ of the global response as it is morphing from a local to an international crisis requiring all countries to scale up efforts and financial commitments to bring an end to the scourge…” (10/10).

The Hill: Administration points fingers on Ebola
“White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice says other countries ‘haven’t done enough’ to help stop the deadly disease Ebola from spreading. ‘We are pushing very hard for everybody to do more. This is going to take all hands on deck,’ she told NBC’s Chuck Todd, in an interview set to air Sunday on ‘Meet the Press’…” (Wilson, 10/11).

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