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U.S. Preparing To Provide Additional Funding For Ebola Efforts; International Pledges Slow To Materialize

News outlets report on U.S. and international funding for Ebola efforts in West Africa.

Bloomberg News: White House Said to Seek New Funds to Prevent Ebola Spread
“President Barack Obama is preparing to ask Congress for additional funds to combat Ebola, a move that could shift some political pressure from the White House to lawmakers in the last two weeks before midterm elections…” (Allen, 10/18).

National Journal: Congress Prepares to Offer More Money for Ebola Fight
“With concern mounting over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States, members of Congress are preparing to offer additional funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies to help fight the disease within the U.S. and abroad…” (Mimms/House, 10/17).

The Hill: Ebola by the numbers
“Costs are already piling up in the fight against Ebola, and they are only expected to grow. … The crisis … is expanding and the CDC and NIH have said more Ebola cases could emerge. That’s spurred speculation that a new request from the administration to Congress for more funds could come soon…” (Shabad, 10/19).

The Guardian: Funding the fight against Ebola: how much is needed and where will it go?
“…As world leaders chide one another for failing to dedicate enough funds to fighting the virus in West Africa, and the consequences of neglecting health systems in some of the world’s poorest countries become ever more obvious, the cogs of international aid are beginning to turn. But the money is only dribbling in slowly, and there are concerns that the virus is already out of control in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea…” (Chonghaile, 10/17).

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