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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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MSF: 'We have reached our ceiling' in Ebola response

The leading organisation fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has said it has reached the limit of its capacity to help, and called on governments and other groups to step up their efforts.

A volunteer for Medecins Sans Frontieres receives training in Brussels before heading to West Africa Credit: REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

"We have increased our capacity a lot," said Brice de le Vingne, director of operations for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), which is also known as Doctors Without Borders. "Now we have reached our ceiling."

"They [governments and international organisations] are deploying as we speak, but we still don't see the results on the field," he said. "The speed of the deployment is still lower than the speed of the epidemic, and that is problematic."

MSF currently has around 600 beds in six treatment centres across the region. It has increased its staff fivefold since the start of the crisis.

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