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Kerry calls for "all hands on deck" in Ebola fight

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 00:54

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urges countries to join hands in the fight against Ebola and makes a plea for increased funding and resources. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Speaking on the Ebola crisis, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said no one country alone would be able to fight the spread of the disease. "Meeting this crisis is gonna require that we draw on each other's collective experience and our collective capacities. No one country, no individual group of nations is gonna resolve this problem by themselves. This is going to take a collective, global response, all hands on deck. That's the only way to get it done," Kerry said, addressing diplomats at an event focusing on the U.S. response to Ebola. Warning of a costly and possibly long fight ahead, Kerry urged countries to contribute more funds and resources, including vehicles, mobile laboratories, hospital beds and healthcare workers. The deadly virus has killed nearly 4,500 people, mostly in West Africa. "Of the 1 billion in needs that are estimated by the U.N., I regret to say we are barely a third of the way there. If we don't adequately address this current outbreak now, then Ebola has the potential to become a scourge like HIV or polio, that we will end up fighting, all of us, for decades," Kerry said. "And we shouldn't kid ourselves. Winning this fight is going to be costly, it is going to take all of our efforts, and it is not risk-free." Kerry's comments came as news broke that U.S. President Barack Obama had appointed an Ebola czar. Obama, who has faced sharp criticism from some lawmakers over efforts to contain the deadly virus, appointed Ron Klain, a lawyer who previously served as chief-of-staff to vice presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore.

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Kerry calls for "all hands on deck" in Ebola fight

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 00:54