Obama calls on other nations to step up their efforts to end Ebola outbreak

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 07 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6094
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The US president, Barack Obama, has called on other countries to do more to combat the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa. The outbreak, which was first reported last March, has now claimed at least 3400 lives, the World Health Organization has said.

“I’ll be very honest with you—although we have seen great interest on the part of the international community, we have not seen other countries step up as aggressively as they need to,” Obama said on Monday 6 October. If other countries think that they can “sit on the sidelines and just let the United States do it,” the result will be “a less effective response, a less speedy response, and that means that people die,” he said. Obama made his comments after receiving a briefing on the …

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