President Obama warned world leaders at the United Nations Thursday that the international response to the Ebola crisis is “not enough,” urging them to step up their efforts.
“We know from experience that the response to an outbreak of this magnitude needs to be both fast and sustained — like a marathon, but run at the pace of a sprint,” Obama said. “That’s only possible if every nation and every organization does its part. And everyone has to do more.”
Last week, the president announced the U.S. was sending 3,000 military personnel to West Africa to respond to the crisis, which the World Health Organization estimates has killed more than 2,900.
The Pentagon plans to establish a command center in Liberia, build more than a dozen temporary hospitals, and distribute kits with sanitizing equipment and medicine. According to a senior administration official, the U.S. is prepared to devote more than $1 billion to the effort if necessary.