Wednesday, 23/10/2019 | 9:23 UTC+0
Libyan Newswire

EU boosts anti-Ebola aid after Commissioners’ mission to worst-hit countries

The European Commission is committing another €29 million to the fight against the Ebola outbreak. At the same time, Sweden has decided to deploy healthcare workers and a treatment centre to West Africa via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The new steps in the Union’s Ebola response come in the wake of the mission of EU Ebola Coordinator and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides to the worst-hit countries, together with the Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis.

They visited Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where they discussed the challenges with the national authorities, representatives of EU Member States and humanitarian organisations. The Commissioners met with Ebola survivors and European aid workers. They also discussed procedures for exit screening of travellers flying to Belgium, France and other countries and the progress on the development of vaccines and treatment for Ebola.

The EU is providing support for the testing of one candidate vaccine. Today the EU Ebola Coordinator is briefing EU Ministers of Foreign Affair on the latest developments in the fight against Ebola. Both Commissioners will come to the Commission’s press room tomorrow at 12:00 CET and their intervention will be live broadcast via EBS

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