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A review of the Federal government’s response to the Ebola outbreak

The Ebola outbreak from may have faded from memory for most Americans, but the need to address shortcomings observed during the Obama Administration’s response to the crisis lingers. Together with the Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano and Charlotte Florance, and a substantial task force of experts, we published a report reviewing the Administration’s response to the crisis: The Ebola Outbreak of 2013–2014: An Assessment of U.S. Actions.

Our review included U.S. response, both the domestically and in West Africa. Our overall recommendations include:

  • Prioritize emergency preparedness and planning.
  • Empower officials to coordinate domestic response efforts and communicate with the American public.
  • Improve medical training and increase access to effective and sustainable health care for West African countries.
  • Strengthen lines of authority and narrow the priorities of the World Health Organization to focus on a limited number of core responsibilities.

I encourage you to read the report, not only to better understand the Ebola response, but also to contemplate whether the nation is prepared for a future public health emergency.

We discussed the report’s findings at a recent Heritage Foundation event, which can be viewed here.