By Shaun Gibson @ShaunyNews
The battle against the ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,500 people is being lost, the head of the World Bank has warned. Speaking after the United Nations revealed it had received less than 40% of the nearly $1bn ($600m) it had requested to fight the deadly disease, World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim blamed a lack of international solidarity for the failure to stop its spread.
60 DAYS FOR HUMANITY TO STOP EBOLA – United Nations Sends a Warning to the World
“We are losing the battle,” he told reporters in Paris.
“Certain countries are only worried about their own borders,” he told reporters in Paris. International anxieties over the spread of Ebola were
highlighted as a cruise ship carrying a lab technician who worked with samples taken from an infected nurse in Dallas was stopped from docking in Belize and Mexico. “It is the first time that this has happened, and it was decided the ship should not dock as a preventative measure against Ebola,” Erce Barron, port authority director in Quintana Roo, said.
Meanwhile, a vomiting woman outside the Pentagon sparked a scare in Washington, illustrating concerns in the US as questions continue to be asked about the infection of two nurses who treated a Liberian man who died at a Texas hospital. The Obama administration has appointed an ‘ebola czar’ to co-ordinate the government’s response to the outbreak. It also asked three biological laboratories to submit plans for making the experimental drug ZMapp, which ran out after it was given to several medical workers infected while working in West Africa. Although it has never been subjected to a clinical trial, the labs have been asked to submit budgets and timetables for production. As part of European efforts to stop the spread, France will start screening air passengers for Ebola today.
Air France flight attendants have also called for a halt to all flights from Guinea, one of the three hardest-hit countries. The daily Paris-Conakry flight “carries a serious risk of spreading the epidemic, particularly in our country,” a statement from the flight crew and commercial staff unions said. The United States, Britain and Canada have already launched screenings at airports for passengers from Ebola-hit areas.
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