President Obama Praises Ebola Vaccine Research, Calls On Congress To Approve Emergency Ebola Funding Before Winter Recess

Associated Press: Obama: Ebola still priority as public focus shifts
“Declaring the ‘fight is nowhere close to being over,’ President Barack Obama on Tuesday heralded strides in the effort to confront Ebola in West Africa and in protecting the U.S. against the spread of the deadly virus. He said squelching the disease remains an urgent priority even if the American public’s attention has shifted elsewhere…” (Kuhnhenn/Anderson, 12/2).

CQ News: Obama Renews Sales Pitch for Extra Ebola Funding
“Following positive news about an Ebola vaccine candidate, President Barack Obama used a visit Tuesday to the National Institutes of Health to renew his call for emergency funding to respond to the disease…” (Ethridge, 12/2).

The Hill: Obama: Ebola funding a ‘good Christmas present’
“President Obama called on Congress to approve roughly $6 billion in emergency funding for the Ebola response before lawmakers depart for the Christmas holiday…” (Viebeck, 12/2).

New York Times: At NIH, Obama Stresses Need to Keep Funding Fight Against Ebola
“…Lawmakers from both parties have supported financing to upgrade treatment centers in the United States and in West Africa, where the outbreak spread through Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. But with the House and Senate still not able to agree on how to fund the federal government past December, some experts worry that lawmakers could try to cut back the money…” (Landler, 12/2).

Reuters: Obama urges Congress to approve $6 billion for Ebola fight
“…[Obama] said the United States needs to continue to fund basic research and help nations such as Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone build better public health systems so that the world can quickly contain future disease outbreaks…” (Becker et al., 12/2).

U.S. News: Obama Praises Ebola Vaccine Testing, Calls for More Funding
“…Though no person in the U.S. is currently diagnosed with Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is actively monitoring 1,400 people in 44 different states who were in countries that are affected most by the virus…” (Leonard, 12/2).

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