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White House Unveils More Robust U.S. Ebola Response

News outlets report on the U.S. government’s plans for a more robust Ebola response in West Africa.

CNN: U.S. ramping up Ebola effort as Obama heads to CDC
“President Barack Obama embarks on a two-day U.S. road trip Tuesday to assess and amplify his government’s response to two unconnected overseas emergencies — the Ebola outbreak in Africa and Islamic terrorists in Iraq and Syria…” (Liptak, 9/16).

CQ News: DOD Seeks to Shift $500 Million for Ebola Response
“The Defense Department has asked permission from Congress to shift $500 million for efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa, including plans related to the construction of 17 treatment centers for those infected by the deadly virus, Obama administration officials said…” (Young, 9/16).

Financial Times: U.S. forces to help combat spread of Ebola
“The U.S. is to announce a significant ramping up of its response to the deadly Ebola crisis hitting West Africa, with the deployment of up to 3,000 soldiers to build hospitals and provide support to the three most affected countries…” (Blas, 9/16).

New York Times: U.S. to Commit Up to 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola in Africa
“…The president will go beyond the 25-bed portable hospital that Pentagon officials said they would establish in Liberia, one of the three West African countries ravaged by the disease, officials said. Mr. Obama will offer help to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in the construction of as many as 17 Ebola treatment centers in the region, with about 1,700 treatment beds…” (Cooper et al., 9/15).

Politico: Barack Obama to announce new push against Africa’s Ebola crisis
“…The goal now, one U.S. official said, is to gather military and civilian resources to ‘plug the gaps’ in the global response. Obama’s visit to the CDC will draw attention to the stepped up effort, as Congressional panels begin to hold hearings on the crisis…” (Wheaton, 9/16).

Reuters: Obama to send 3,000 troops to tackle Ebola
“…The U.S. plan also focuses on training. A site will be established where military medical personnel will teach some 500 health care workers per week for six months or more how to provide care to Ebola patients, officials said…” (Miles, 9/16).

ScienceInsider: U.S. government set to announce surge of help for Ebola epidemic
“…Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), spoke with ScienceInsider on Friday and said she expected there would be ‘a substantial surge’ in the U.S. government’s assistance…” (Cohen, 9/15).

USA TODAY: Obama to announce expanded plan to fight Ebola
“The effort has been dubbed Operation United Assistance, in concert with governments in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal. The Department of Defense will work with the United States Agency for International Development and the Centers for Disease Control…” (Jackson, 9/16).

Washington Post: U.S. to announce major increase in aid to fight Ebola
“…As the situation on the ground has worsened, health advocates and aid groups have criticized the adequacy of the U.S. response in the wake of Obama’s remarks a week ago. The administration’s decision to involve the military in providing equipment and other assistance for international health workers in Africa comes after mounting calls from some unlikely groups — most prominently the international medical organization Doctors Without Borders — pressed the urgency of the issue…” (Sun, 9/15).

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