Guinea reports 5th Ebola death, Biden administration says

By NewsDesk @bactiman63

In one monitoring the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, the Africa CDC reports a total of 17 cases – N’Zerekore prefecture (16) and Conakry (1). Five deaths have been reported in N’Zerekore.

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Meanwhile, more than 3,000 kilometers away in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), four cases and two deaths have been reported in North Kivu province.

Today the White House released a statement on the Ebola outbreaks in Africa:

Infectious diseases are transnational threats to health and national security. As the world reels from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ebola has again emerged, simultaneously, in Central and West Africa. The world cannot afford to turn the other way. We must do everything in our power to respond quickly, effectively and with commensurate resources to stop these outbreaks before they become full-scale epidemics.

President Biden has been briefed on the situation in Central and West Africa, and his prayers are with the families of those who have passed away and those affected by Ebola, COVID-19 and other health issues. ongoing worlds. The Biden administration will do everything in its power to provide American leadership to stop these outbreaks, working with affected governments, the World Health Organization, the African Union, and the Africa Centers for Control and Prevention. diseases, and neighboring states.

On February 16, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke with the ambassadors of Guinea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia to the United States to convey to them the states’ willingness to work closely with the governments of affected countries and neighboring countries whose citizens would be at risk of the current epidemic spreading. Sullivan underscored President Biden’s commitment to providing American leadership to strengthen health security and create better systems to prevent, detect, and respond to health emergencies.

Epidemics require a rapid and overwhelming response in order to avoid catastrophic consequences. Since the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United States has worked to elevate and prioritize health security assistance with partners across the global health security agenda and with the strong support of Congress. We cannot afford to let up on the accelerator – even as we fight COVID, we must ensure capacity and funding for health security worldwide. President Biden’s first National Security Memorandum directed that U.S. leadership in health security and global health be elevated, prioritized, and strengthened. The United States stands ready to do everything in its power to ensure a robust global response and stop these outbreaks.

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