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Kerry Calls On International Community To ‘Step Up’ Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s calls for increased international efforts to contain Ebola made Wednesday during a press conference.

Agence France-Presse: Kerry urges all nations to boost Ebola fight
“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued an ‘urgent plea’ Wednesday to all nations to step up the fight against Ebola, warning there was no time to waste as a Liberian died in a Texas hospital. ‘The fact is more countries can and must step up,’ Kerry told reporters after talks with his British counterpart Philip Hammond, warning there were ‘still not enough countries to make the difference’ as the world confronts the spread of the disease that has killed thousands in West Africa…” (Biddle, 10/8).

Associated Press: Kerry: World must ‘step up’ anti-Ebola effort
“…In an impassioned appeal, Kerry said progress against the disease was being made, but far too slowly, and that the world is not where it needs to be in stemming Ebola’s spread. ‘While we are making progress, we are not where we can say that we need to be, and there are additional needs that have to be met in order for the global community to be able to properly respond to this challenge — and to make sure that we protect people in all of our countries,’ Kerry said…” (Lee, 10/8).

The Hill: Kerry: ‘We need airlines to continue to operate in West Africa’
“Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday rejected widespread calls for a flight ban between the U.S. and African nations that are battling Ebola. Some lawmakers have been pushing for a ban on commercial airline flights between the U.S. and Ebola-stricken nations following the diagnosis of the disease in a man who flew from Liberia to Texas with a connection in Washington, D.C….” (Laing, 10/8).

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