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Biden briefed on Ebola outbreaks, offers help to 4 countries

President Biden is concerned about and eager to help fight a pair of new Ebola outbreaks in Africa, the White House said Tuesday.

The dreaded and often fatal virus recently resurfaced in Guinea in West Africa and in the distant Democratic Republic of Congo.

“While the world is reeling from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ebola has again emerged, simultaneously, in both Central and West Africa. The world cannot afford to turn the other way,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Psaki said, “We must do everything in our power to respond quickly, effectively, and with commensurate resources to stop these outbreaks before they become largescale epidemics.”

A 2013-2016 Ebola outbreak in Guinea and neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone killed more than 11,000 people and caused public health panics in the US and other countries. Vaccines were developed for the virus after that outbreak.

“President Biden has been briefed on the situation in both Central and West Africa, and his prayers are with the families of those who have died and those who are impacted by Ebola, COVID-19, and other ongoing global health challenges,” Psaki said.

“The Biden Administration will do everything in its power to provide U.S. leadership to stop these outbreaks, working with the affected governments, the World Health Organization, the African Union and the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and neighboring states.”

US President Joe Biden
President Biden is eager to help fight a pair of new Ebola outbreaks in Africa.
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White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Tuesday spoke with the ambassadors of Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia to offer help, Psaki said.

“Mr. Sullivan emphasized President Biden’s commitment to provide U.S. leadership to strengthen health security and create better systems for preventing, detecting, and responding to health emergencies,” she said.
 


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