Opinion Pieces Examine Various Angles Of Ebola Epidemic

The following opinion pieces examine various angles of the Ebola epidemic, including international efforts to contain the outbreak, the response in the U.S. and Europe, the science of Ebola, and Ebola’s potential impact on development goals.

USA TODAY: USAID chief: We will stop Ebola in West Africa
Rajiv Shah, USAID administrator

“In the heart of the Ebola epidemic, there is a clear sense of hope. I’ve just returned from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, where I met dozens of health workers, humanitarians, and community leaders who are making a difference in this fight. There is no question that the pace, ingenuity, and scale of our global response must continue to grow quickly. But at a time when fear and misinformation spread panic faster than a virus, let’s not miss the opportunity to scale up what’s working, fix what isn’t and bring the best of science, technology, and innovation to bear on this devastating disease. … But the United States cannot end this epidemic alone. Already the U.S. response — in dollars alone — accounts for more than one-third of the global commitment. As President Obama has stressed, governments, international organizations, and the private sector must step up far more aggressively…” (10/28).

New York Times: A Rational Quarantine
Steven Corwin, chief executive of New York-Presbyterian Hospital

The Atlantic: Assessing the Science of Ebola Transmission
Stephen Goldstein, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania

Foreign Policy: Stop Playing Cowboy on Ebola
Gregg Gonsalves, co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School

Wall Street Journal: Why No Ebola Travel Ban? Politics
Holman Jenkins, columnist and member of the editorial board at the Wall Street Journal

FOX News: Ebola crisis: Team Obama takes politically correct approach, ignores science
Betsy McCaughey, chair of Reduce Infection Deaths, senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and former lieutenant governor of New York

The Guardian: Ebola is a risk the U.K. can defend against locally
Paul Netherton, assistant chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police

Inter Press Service: Ebola, Human Rights and Poverty — Making the Links
Alicia Ely Yamin, lecturer on global health and policy director at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and chair of the Center for Economic and Social Rights

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