Combatting Ebola and Infectious Disease Long-Term

December 11, 2014 8:55 PM

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While we are seeing glimpses of hope in the ongoing battle against Ebola, it's already apparent that we need new global capacity to confront and defeat infectious diseases including -- and beyond -- Ebola. It may seem premature to address our capacity to deal with these challenges long-term when the immediate needs in West Africa are so great, but the long-term action may be needed sooner than we think and the short-term solutions could well be the first bricks in the that foundation.

The Ebola crisis has taught us several fundamental lessons that define the global capacity we need. The first is that, even in the face of a crisis as dire as Ebola, it is not easy to assemble needed funds on relatively short notice. The United Nations has estimated that it will cost $1.5 billion to...

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