First Ebola deaths since 2016 reported in Guinea, as Congo battles fresh outbreak
US to tackle Ebola outbreak in Africa
Biden administration pledges to do everything it can to help affected states
The administration of President Joe Biden will do everything possible to provide assistance to the countries of Central and West Africa, where outbreaks of a dangerous infection – the Ebola fever – have been recorded in recent days. This is stated in a statement by White House spokesman Jen Psaki, released on Tuesday..
The statement said President Biden was briefed on the situation with the Ebola outbreaks in Africa. The Biden administration will do everything it can to lead the fight against these outbreaks, working with the governments of the affected countries, the World Health Organization, the African Union and the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention..
According to Psaki, on Tuesday, President’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan discussed the situation with the ambassadors of Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia to the United States, expressing Washington’s willingness to work closely with the governments of the affected countries and neighboring states..
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock has announced a $ 15 million commitment to combat the Ebola outbreak in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This was announced on Tuesday by Stephane Dujarrick, spokesman for the UN Secretary General.
Funds to fight the virus outbreak allocated from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund.
The last Ebola outbreak was reported in Guinea in 2016. In DRC, the Ebola epidemic lasted from August 2018 to June 2020 and claimed more than 2,200 lives.
UN funding, according to Dujarrick, will help both countries respond to the epidemic and allow neighboring states to prepare for the possible spread of the disease on their territory..
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