UN health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency on economic, political grounds: emails

March 20, 2015 2:58 PM

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UN health agency resisted declaring Ebola emergency on economic, political grounds: emails

GENEVA — By early June of last year, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the deadliest ever recorded. There weren’t enough beds for patients and many were refusing to seek treatment, driving the outbreak underground.

Senior staffers in Africa at the World Health Organization raised the prospect of declaring an international emergency. The answer from WHO’s Geneva headquarters: Wait.

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