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The United States government has committed more than $350 million toward fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and is ready to deploy up to 4,000 military personnel by late October.
Most of a Defense Department request to shift $1 billion in war funds to the Ebola effort is locked up in Congress over lawmakers’ demands for more information on the mission from the Obama administration.
Here is a rundown of U.S. monetary commitments so far and the status of future funds:
Various agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Pentagon and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), had committed to spend about $208 million through Oct. 3, according to the White House Office of Management and Budget.
This includes $2 million for personal protective equipment, $88 million to develop medical countermeasures; $10 million for community health workers; $20 million to expand laboratory capacity; $22 million for field hospitals; $1 million for security and $65 million for laboratory surveillance, logistics and relief commodities and disease detection activities.
Congress approved $88 million in a stop-gap government funding measure, including $58 million to accelerate production and development of antiviral drugs and vaccines and $30 million for CDC personnel, equipment and supplies.
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