President Barack Obama warned on Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa cannot “die” without more funds, so he urged Congress to approve this month its request for 6,180 million in emergency funds to fight the disease.
“While this disease continues to expand in West Africa, we can still see isolated cases here in the United States,” Obama warned in a speech from a research center of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), just outside Washington.
“And this can even extinct in other countries, as we saw in Mali. Each new case (Ebola) is an ember which, if not contained, may become a new fire. So we cannot lower our guard for one minute. And not only will we fight this epidemic. We have to extinguish it, “he added.
Obama insisted that much of the outstanding progress “depends on funds” to provide the United States and other powers, which “are being exhausted”.
“It cannot defeat Ebola without more funding. If we want other countries continue to make, we must continue to lead in this,” he said.
So he asked Congress before adjourning for the holidays this month, approves the request that the White House did in early November 6.180 billion in emergency funds to combat Ebola.
“This is not a partisan issue, it is a matter of basic common sense with which they can agree all Americans,” defended the president.
The funding request includes 4,640 million for immediate needs and 1,540 million in contingency funds for fiscal year 2015 with the aim of accelerating vaccine research and strengthens the overall capacity to prevent the spread of infectious diseases future.
“The Ebola, he argued, is not transmitted through the air, but is likely to come a time when we have a disease that is transmitted through the air and is deadly. And to deal with it effectively we must form an infrastructure, not only at home but globally, enabling us to respond quickly. ”
Obama gave his speech after visiting the NIH center located in Maryland, where an experimental Ebola vaccine that has successfully passed the first test in humans was developed.
The president held that “exciting news” and said the center “is working with officials from Liberia to begin large-scale testing in that country”.
Since March were detected at least 17,111 cases of Ebola infections, of which 6,055 were fatal, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO).
The countries most affected by the epidemic are Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.