Ebola response: EU scales up aid with planes, material aid and research support
EU News 450/2014
Brussels, 06 November 2014
The European Union and its Member States have now pledged more than €1 billion in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. This means the Union has already gone beyond the target set by the European Council on 24 October for €1 billion in assistance to stem the epidemic.
The EU is boosting its investment in Ebola research, sending more material aid and providing new capacity for medical evacuations of international aid workers.
This announcement comes just ahead of the mission of the European Union's Ebola Coordinator and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides and the Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis to the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa,
The European Commission, together with the European pharmaceutical industry, is launching a €280 million call for proposals to boost research on Ebola. This will help address the current epidemic and manage future outbreaks.
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