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Thread: U.S. military will lead $750 mil. fight against Ebola

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    U.S. military will lead $750 mil. fight against Ebola

    "President Obama will announce Tuesday that the U.S. military will take the lead in overseeing what has been a chaotic and widely criticized response to the worst Ebola outbreak in history, dispatching up to 3,000 military personnel to West Africa in an effort that could cost up to $750 million over the next six months, according to senior administration officials.

    By the end of the week, a general sent by U.S. Africa Command will be in place in Monrovia, Liberia — the country where transmission rates are increasing exponentially — to lead the effort called Operation United Assistance. The general will head a regional command based in Liberia that will help oversee and coordinate U.S. and international relief efforts while a new, separate regional staging base will help accelerate transportation of urgently needed equipment, supplies and personnel.

    In addition, the Pentagon will send engineers to set up 17 treatment centers in Liberia — each with a 100-bed capacity — as well as medical personnel to train up to 500 health-care workers a week in the region.

    The president’s decision to enlist the U.S. military, whose resources are already under strain as it responds to conflicts in the Middle East, reflects the growing concern of U.S. officials that, unless greater force is brought to bear, the epidemic could wreak havoc on the continent.

    'It's this broad range of capabilities together that will turn the tide of this epidemic,' said one senior administration official, who along with others spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss the president’s plan in advance of Obama’s trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Tuesday.

    Global health experts and international aid groups who have been urging the White House to dramatically scale up its response praised the plan as described. They have said charities and West African governments alone do not have the capacity to stem the epidemic.

    The U.S. military, with its enormous logistical capability, extensive air operations, and highly skilled medical corps, could address gaps in the response quickly..."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ ... story.html

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    Re: U.S. military will lead $750 mil. fight against Ebola

    do we have any coalition partners in this effort?

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    Re: U.S. military will lead $750 mil. fight against Ebola

    Some, but looks like we have the lion's share, per usual.

    "In addition to the U.S. forces, the U.N. health agency said China has promised to send a 59-person mobile laboratory team to Sierra Leone that includes lab experts, epidemiologists, doctors and nurses. Britain is planning to build and operate an Ebola clinic in Sierra Leone, and Cuba has promised to send the country more than 160 health workers."

    From: http://m.680news.com/2014/09/16/as-inte ... -too-slow/

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    Re: U.S. military will lead $750 mil. fight against Ebola

    hey, what's another billion...?
    http://www.bigdelivery.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=31&dateline=142444635  1

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    Re: U.S. military will lead $750 mil. fight against Ebola

    this is indeed a global crisis and I for one do not want to die bleeding from my eyes. however it would be nice if other countries would step up to the plate and contribute some money and resources too. because this is a threat to everyone.

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    Re: U.S. military will lead $750 mil. fight against Ebola

    Borrowing money so we can spend it abroad.

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