Biden: U.S. Needs a Hospital That Can Handle Ebola In ‘Every State of the Union’

Speaking at a White House event on Thursday to discuss the Obama administration’s response to the Ebola virus epidemic, Vice President Joe Biden said the United States should have a hospital that is capable of treating the disease in “every state of the Union.”

A reporter from the Wall Street Journal quoted Biden in the pool press report, which is e-mailed to other reporters, after the vice president met with “leaders of faith, humanitarian, and non-governmental organizations that are responding to the Ebola crisis in West Africa and educating their communities about Ebola-related issues here at home,” according to the White House statement on the event.

“Biden said that the United States needs a hospital that’s able to respond to Ebola in ‘every state of the Union,’” the pool report stated. “Why take the chance, he asked, noting that the administration was not expecting Ebola cases in every single state in the union.”

On Sept. 16, President Barack Obama spoke at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about how the country’s medical experts and hospital were “prepared” to deal with the virus.