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G7 States Vow to Wipe Out Ebola but Offer Little Concrete Action

World leaders walk to a group photo near Garmisch, Germany at the G7 Summit on June 7, 2015. (Stephen Harpe/AP Photo)
World leaders walk to a group photo near Garmisch, Germany at the G7 Summit on June 7, 2015. (Stephen Harpe/AP Photo)

 

(Reuters) – Leaders of the Group of Seven industrial nations pledged on Monday to wipe out Ebola but offered little in terms of concrete action, disappointing non-governmental organizations.

G7 leaders said in a communique at the end of a two-day summit in the Bavarian Alps that they would offer help to at least 60 nations, including in West Africa, over the next five years to help prevent outbreaks from turning into epidemics.

More than 11,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa since the first reported case in March 2014. The G7 said the crisis showed it was necessary to enhance the world’s ability to prevent, detect and respond to such emergencies.

The G7 nations said they would work together to combat future epidemics and boost or establish strategies to quickly deploy teams of experts with a variety of skills via a common platform, but their communique was thin on detail.

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