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Fight against Ebola

Ebola has claimed over 1,000 lives since the end of July. Millions are now being spent on emergency aid, and experimental drugs are being used to stop the virus from spreading. Has the world ignored the epidemic for too long?

Libération - France | Thursday, 16. October 2014

Ebola can only be fought together

A French nurse who cared for an Ebola patient in a military hospital near Paris was admitted to the clinic as a patient on Thursday, suffering from a "suspect fever". If confirmed, this would be the first case of Ebola infection on French soil. The left-liberal daily Libération hopes that the news will provide further incentive for concerted action against the epidemic: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Thursday, 16. October 2014

Ebola not just Africa's business

The World Health Organisation WHO announced on Tuesday that the number of Ebola cases may rise to 10,000 per month by December. The Netherlands is closing its eyes to this, the conservative daily De Telegraaf criticises: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 16. October 2014

German authorities play down Ebola threat

The EU health ministers will convene today to discuss how to prevent the spread of the life-threatening Ebola virus. But the German authorities are trivialising the problem by pointing to the efficiency of their health system, the liberal weekly Die Zeit criticises: » more - Spain | Thursday, 9. October 2014

Spain's authorities can't deal with Ebola

Teresa Romero, the Spanish nurse infected with the Ebola virus, learned of her own disease from the press, she explained in an interview on Wednesday. If the doctors can't even get communication with patients right, their ability to adhere to the safety regulations is in grave doubt, Ignacio Escobar writes in the leftist online paper » more

El Huffington Post - Spain | Tuesday, 7. October 2014

Ebola case in Spain indeed cause for concern

For the first time since the start of the Ebola epidemic a person has become infected in Europe. A nurse has tested positive for the virus after treating an Ebola patient in Madrid, it was announced on Monday. The Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato called for people to remain calm, something the online paper El Huffington Post can't quite understand: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 23. September 2014

German army too slow in fight against Ebola

The German army, or Bundeswehr, plans to contribute to the fight against Ebola in Western Africa by supplying airlifts and building a military hospital. Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen stressed on Monday that volunteers - above all doctors, nurses, technicians and logicians - are being sought from within the army's ranks. Her appeal makes it clear that Germany is promising more humanitarian aid than it is willing to deliver, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung criticises: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, 19. September 2014

Quarantine questionable in fight against Ebola

The government of Sierra Leone imposed a lockdown of at least three days on Thursday in the efforts to contain the Ebola virus. But such quarantine measures are a questionable means of fighting the epidemic, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung comments: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 18. September 2014

Ebola epidemic is a global crisis

In response to an appeal by the Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday pledged that Germany would support the efforts to counter the Ebola virus in Western Africa by supplying air transportation, assistance in building hospital wards and money for the World Health Organisation. The liberal weekly Die Zeit praises the initiative: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Wednesday, 3. September 2014

International aid can defeat Ebola

According to the World Health Organisation more than 1,900 people have already died since the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and around 3,500 are currently infected. The world has looked away for too long, the state broadcaster Deutschlandfunk comments: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 29. August 2014

West's egomaniacal reaction to Ebola

When presenting its emergency plan for containing the Ebola epidemic on Thursday in Geneva, the World Health Organistion (WHO) said it estimated that more than 20,000 people will be infected with the virus before it is brought under control. That is more than six times the amount of cases registered so far. The Tages-Anzeiger condemns the reaction of the international community: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 14. August 2014

Only the WHO should distribute Ebola drugs

The World Health Organisation (WHO) should decide how Ebola medication that has not been tested on humans should be distributed, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung argues: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Tuesday, 12. August 2014

West shows total ignorance

Ebola also poses a threat to the Western world, which must finally end its ignorance about the virus, the liberal daily Le Soir demands: » more

El País - Spain | Wednesday, 13. August 2014

Virus must be fought at its roots

The first European to be infected in the Ebola epidemic raging through West Africa died on Tuesday. The Spanish missionary Miguel Pajares had been working in Nigeria with an NGO offering assistance to victims of the epidemic, which has claimed over 1000 lives since February. The left-liberal daily El País calls for an internationally coordinated campaign against the deadly virus: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 13. August 2014

Swift action will prevent epidemic spreading

There's no reason for Europe to panic about Ebola but it must act quickly, Roman Prymula director of the Czech Vaccinology Society writes in an opinion piece for the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes: » more

Boulevard Voltaire - France | Sunday, 10. August 2014

Media exaggerating Ebola epidemic

The World Health Organisation has declared the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa an "international health emergency", and can now stipulate binding measures for the fighting ... » more

Le Pays - Burkina Faso | Wednesday, 6. August 2014

Global perspectives: Ebola shaking Africa's cultural values

According to the World Health Organisation, the Ebola epidemic in Western Africa had claimed over 900 lives by the start of August. In face of the virus people living in the affected countries must question their entire way of life, the Burkinabé daily Le Pays writes: » more

Aftonbladet - Sweden | Wednesday, 6. August 2014

Africans victims of unprofitable Ebola research

The Ebola epidemic is spreading rapidly throughout West Africa and has now reached Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. It is down to economical factors that 40 years after the discovery of the virus there is still no medication against it, the left-liberal daily Aftonbladet suspects: » more

Le Figaro - France | Monday, 4. August 2014

Obama must lead the battle against Ebola

Roughly 700 people have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa, according to the World Health Organisation. The fight against the epidemic will top the agenda at the US-Africa Leaders Summit that gets under way in Washington today. The international community, and especially Barack Obama, must be resolute in addressing the problem, the conservative daily Le Figaro demands: » more

Elsevier - Netherlands | Friday, 12. June 2009

The number of victims can rise quickly

Chemist and scientific journalist Simon Rozendaal welcomes the measures taken by the Dutch government to counter swine flu in his blog on the website of the right-wing liberal news magazine Elsevier: » more


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