Cameron calls on EU to double Ebola funding

David Cameron has called for EU leaders to double their funding in the fight against Ebola to £800 million.

It comes after one of the doctors who discovered the virus, Professor Peter Piot, said the rest of Europe was not doing enough to tackle the epidemic.

Downing Street said the current total contribution from the EU was just £400 million.

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Kerry: No country is exempt from fight against Ebola

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said "no one country" should be responsible for dealing with the Ebola crisis and called for "all hands on deck" in fighting the outbreak.

John Kerry said 'every instrument of American power' was being used to help the fight against Ebola.

"We haven't begun to fully meet the challenge in hand," Mr Kerry said at a news conference in Washington, as he called for increased funding for facilities to aid those treating the victims of the disease.

"There is no country that is exempt from being able to do something to help the crisis," he said and called for "urgent" responses internationally.

His comments came as CNN reported sources who claim President Barack Obama will appoint his former White House adviser Ron Klain as his office's "Ebola tsar" to co-ordinate American efforts.

Senegal 'Ebola free' but country remains vulnerable

Senegal was officially declared 'Ebola free' today but the World Health Organisation did warn that the country was still vulnerable to the risk of new cases of the disease being imported in.

The WHO said: "While the outbreak is now officially over, Senegal's geographical position makes the country vulnerable to additional imported cases of Ebola virus disease. It continues to remain vigilant for any suspected cases by strict compliance with WHO guidelines."


Cruise ship passenger 'self-monitoring' for Ebola signs

A Texas healthcare worker who voluntarily went into isolation on a cruise ship after it emerged they may have handled samples taken from the first Ebola patient, is 'self-monitoring' for signs of the virus.

The hospital worker has been self-monitoring since last Monday and has not yet shown any signs of infection such as a fever or any other symptoms associated with Ebola, Reuters reports.

U.S. officials are currently arranging for the ship, which left from Galveston in Texas on Sunday, to return to the country.

US cruise ship passenger isolated amid Ebola concerns

A Texas healthcare worker, who it is believed may have processed specimens from the first patient diagnosed with Ebola, has been put in isolation on a cruise ship.

The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker did not have direct contact with the now deceased Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan but it is possible he may have processed his bodily fluids 19 days ago, the US Department of State said today.


UN Ebola trust fund only has £62k in the bank

A UN appeal for money to help tackle Ebola has only received minimal funding despite almost three times as many lives being lost to the virus than in previous outbreaks, claim an international aid charity.

A Red Cross member wears a special uniform in Liberia Credit: TT News Agency

Action Aid urged more people to donate to the UN's appeal for $1billon to go into the Ebola trust fund which will help the hardest hit countries Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to improve how they deal with the disease.

The charity's head of humanitarian response said: "As the UN said today the global response in providing financial assistance remains desperately slow. The reality is that if we want to prevent Ebola spreading further we have to tackle it at source in West Africa."

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday that the trust fund had only received $100,000 in donations in the past month.

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Ebola screening to be extended to Birmingham Airport

Screening for Ebola at Birmingham Airport will take place next week at the earliest Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ebola screening for passengers is to be extended to Birmingham Airport, Public Health England confirms.

Chief executive, Duncan Selbie, says that once existing measures covering Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras had "settled", they would be rolled out to other ports of entry.

Staff will check passengers who are arriving from affected areas in West Africa.

Next week the focus will be on Gatwick and St Pancras and, once settled there, we will then move to include Manchester and Birmingham...

What I am certain of is that we have the people who know how to keep the country safe and that is exactly what we will do.

– Duncan Selbie, chief executive, Public Health England

The virus has killed around 4,500 people - mostly in West Africa.

PM urges countries to take action to tackle Ebola

David Cameron has urged other countries to "look at their responsibilities" over the Ebola crisis, describing the epidemic as the "biggest health problem facing our world in a generation".

David Cameron speaking in Milan, Italy. Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister said Britain was "leading the way" in the fight against Ebola by committing over "£100 million, 750 troops, training 800 members of health staff, providing 700 beds" in Sierra Leone.

Mr Cameron said it was time for other countries to act in a similar way to "what Britain is doing in Sierra Leone, America is doing in Liberia, France is doing in Guinea".

"Other countries now need to step forward with resources and action because taking action at source in West Africa is the best way to protect all of us here in Europe," he said after a meeting in Milan.

Ebola vaccine 'will come too late for current epidemic'

An Ebola vaccine will "come too late" for the current epidemic, UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline said.

British pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline is working on a vaccine for Ebola. Credit: Reuters

Dr Ripley Ballou, the head of GSK's Ebola vaccine research, told BBC Radio 4's File on Four key that safety data on a potential vaccine would not be ready until late 2015 at the earliest.

"To have a vaccine that people can use, you have to have the vaccine registered and it has to be manufactured on a scale that is consistent with the intended use," Ballou said.

"It is going to be well into next year if not the year beyond before we have that kind of level of manufacturing and the data that is necessary ... The vaccine is going to come too late for this epidemic."

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