President Obama says "millions" could die unless more action is taken against Ebola

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United States President Barack Obama. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The US President Barrack Obama has urged countries around the world to do more to fight the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

Calling it a threat to global security he said millions could be killed unless action is taken now.

The President was speaking at a high-level meeting convened in New York by the UN Secretary-General.

He said lives will be saved if the international community acts quickly.

"If we move fast, even if imperfectly, then that could mean the difference between 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 deaths versus hundreds of thousands or even a million deaths. So this is not one where there should be a lot of wrangling and people waiting to see who else is doing what. Everybody has got to move fast in order for us to make a difference."  (24″)

Some 3,000 people have died in Guinea, as well as Liberia and Sierra Leone since the latest outbreak of the disease six months ago.

The UN has established the Mission for Ebola Emergency Response or UNMEER which is headquartered in Ghana.

It will mobilize resources to reinforce the work being done by the countries and communities affected.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration:  1’14″

 

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