US hikes pledge to control Ebola outbreak to $8M

The U.S. will contribute $8 million to fight the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to The Hill.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the $7 million pledge at the World Health Assembly May 22, adding to the initial U.S. pledge of $1 million.

"We commend the government of the DRC for responding to this outbreak with such vigor," Mr. Azar said, according to The Hill.  "Today, on behalf of President [Donald] Trump, I am pleased to announce that the United States is prepared to provide up to $7 million in additional assistance to respond to the Ebola outbreak."

The World Health Organization estimated it needs $26 million to rapidly prevent the spread of Ebola. About $25.4 million already has been raised.

As of May 22, the Ebola outbreak had killed 27 people.

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