*(Via MSNBC) – President Obama announced Tuesday a major new effort by the United States to help confront the global threat posed by Ebola, the deadly virus whose outbreak has overwhelmed several West African countries and is threatening to spin out of control.
“Faced with this outbreak, the world is looking to us, the United States, and it’s a responsibility that we embrace,” the president said Tuesday afternoon during an address at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.
“We know that if we take the proper steps, we can save lives. But we have to act fast.”
In what he said is the largest international response in the history of the CDC, Obama made public his plans to increase U.S. aid to combat Ebola by sending thousands of military and health personnel and millions of dollars to West Africa to avoid a humanitarian disaster.
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