Obama Says More U.S. Resources Needed To Address Ebola Outbreak, Requests Additional Funding

News outlets report on U.S. President Obama’s statements on the Ebola outbreak and a White House request to Congress for additional funding to assist in efforts to halt the disease.

Agence France-Presse: Obama says U.S. military to help Ebola effort
“The U.S. military will join the fight against fast-spreading Ebola in Africa, President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Sunday, but he warned it would be months before the epidemic slows…” (9/7).

CQ HealthBeat: OMB Issues Special Funding Request to Counter Ebola
“The Obama administration is urging congressional appropriators to provide new funding to counter the worsening outbreak of Ebola in Africa, including money for treatments and vaccines, community health workers, and labs…” (Adams/Reichard, 9/5).

The Hill: WH requests $30M to fight Ebola outbreak
“The White House on Friday asked Congress for $30 million to pay for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s efforts to help contain the massive Ebola outbreak in West Africa…” (Huggins, 9/5).

Politico: White House requests Ebola funds
“As the U.S. ramps up its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the White House is asking Congress for additional money to cover the costs of drugs as well as personnel dispatched to try to contain the spread of the deadly disease. A total of $88 million has been requested thus far as part of a stopgap continuing resolution or CR needed to keep the government funded into December. And these requests come on top of about $175 million that has already been obligated or will be found through transfers from other accounts…” (Rogers, 9/5).

Reuters: Obama: U.S. must fight Ebola now or face long-term risk
“The United States needs to do more to help control West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak to stop it becoming a global crisis that could one day threaten Americans, President Barack Obama said in an interview. Obama told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ that the outbreak, which has killed 2,100 people in five African countries, was unlikely to spread to the United States in the short term…” (Rampton, 9/7).

VOA News: Obama: International Response Needed for Ebola Outbreak
“President Barack Obama said the international community needs to respond to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, where he said a lack of public health infrastructure has led to the spread of a ‘containable problem’…” (9/8).

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