On Tuesday, during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, President Obama spoke on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and announced a major increase in our efforts to help the international community fight the outbreak.
While starting off by reiterating that the chances of an Ebola outbreak happening in the U.S. are extremely low, he made clear that West Africa faces “a very different situation,” especially in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea — the countries that have been hardest hit by the current outbreak.
President Obama noted that the outbreak is a national security priority, and that the government has “devoted significant resources in support of our strategy” with four main goals:
- Controlling the outbreak
- Addressing the ripple effects of local economies and communities to prevent a truly massive humanitarian disaster
- Coordinating a broader global response
- Urgently building up a public health system in these countries for the future