CANADA STEPS-UP WITH $30 MILLION MORE TO BATTLE EBOLA

Sep 25, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Canada is kicking-in another $30 million to fight Ebola.

Christian Paradis says the funding will be channelled through the Canadian Red Cross and other agencies.

The International Development Minister says the money will help treat patients – and will also be spent on education and efforts to prevent the disease.

Canada has already contributed $5 million, in addition to hundreds of doses of an experimental vaccine to fight the deadly outbreak, but Paradis says the rapid spread of the disease in west Africa – means more must be done.

Paradis also says there must be greater efforts to co-ordinate an international response.

Earlier today, U.S. President Barack Obama said the world isn’t doing enough to deal with the “growing threat” to regional and global security that Ebola poses.

Obama is dispatching 3,000 troops to Liberia – to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims.

The virus has killed about 3,000 people in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal and Nigeria – since the outbreak began this summer.

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