America can still redeem itself over Ebola

November 2, 2014 5:13 PM

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Just when we thought the international response to Ebola was gathering strength and nations around the world were taking the epidemic seriously, developing sound policies to combat it, two countries have decided to succumb to fear and have issued travel and visa bans on residents and citizens of the three nations hardest hit—Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. These policies have been criticized by the World Health Organization and are in violation of international law, but Australia and Canada have gone forward with them anyway.

As Americans, we can breathe a sigh of relief that the response to the epidemic by our federal government has been wise, measured and evidence-based and we can be proud that we’re the largest donor in terms of pledges made to the relief effort to date.

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