U.N.’s Ban Says Early Warning System Needed For Outbreaks; WHO To Review Its Ebola, Outbreak Response

Associated Press: U.N. chief urges better early warning of next disease outbreak
“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said [December 22] the international community urgently needs better early warning and rapid response to the next outbreak of disease — ‘a test that is sure to come.’ The U.N. chief, who just visited Ebola-hit countries in West Africa, said the world must learn the lessons from the deadly outbreak, which go beyond strengthening public health systems…” (Lederer, 12/22).

Wall Street Journal: After Slow Ebola Response, WHO Seeks to Avoid Repeat
“…At the Jan. 25 meeting, the WHO says, its executive board — health officials from 34 countries — will debate changes to how it responds to outbreaks. It will determine which to put forward for approval by the WHO’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly…” (McKay/Wonacott, 12/29).