U.S. Military, Administration, Congress Make Moves To Better Respond To Ebola Domestically, In West Africa

Media sources report on U.S. military, administration, and congressional actions to address Ebola domestically and internationally.

DoD News: Health Chief Outlines Precautions for Ebola Response Troops
“Fighting the West Africa Ebola epidemic is immediately and strategically important to the United States, and the Defense Department is taking every precaution to minimize risk to deployed troops, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said in a recent interview…” (Pellerin, 10/23).

The Hill: Dempsey video aims to calm troops’ Ebola fears
“…Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, released a video on YouTube Tuesday, assuring troops that the Defense Department would do everything it can to protect the health of service members ‘before, during, and after deployment’…” (Matishak, 10/22).

The Hill: HHS reshuffles amid Ebola crisis
“The Department of Health and Human Services is shuffling its decks amid the fight against the Ebola virus. On Thursday, the agency tapped Karen DeSalvo to become the acting assistant secretary for health, a position that oversees the surgeon general’s office — among a long list of others — and plays a heavy role in issues of global health and disaster response…” (Lillis, 10/23).

Reuters: U.S. security agency ill-prepared to deal with pandemic: audit
“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which protects sites ranging from land borders and airports to the White House, may not be able to maintain operations in a pandemic due to inadequate supplies of protective gear and drugs for its staff, according to a government report on Thursday…” (Morgan, 10/23).

Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers Push for Increased Funding for Biomedical Research
“A bipartisan pair of senators is putting together a proposal to significantly increase federal funding for biomedical research, an issue that has taken on greater urgency in light of the Ebola outbreak…” (Peterson/Armour, 10/23).