On Friday, the United Nations warned that more than half the world’s population of more than 1.3 billion could be infected with Ebola and that the world could be at risk of a global pandemic if no one steps up to control it.
“There is no one-size-fits-all solution to stopping the spread of Ebola, and it will require global collaboration to contain the disease,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement on Friday.
The statement called on governments to deploy “all means available to stop the spread” of Ebola.
“That means a global response that includes the deployment of a robust and coordinated response, including health workers, coronavirus surveillance and quarantine, protective measures and the mobilization of local resources to prevent new outbreaks,” he said.
“That means ensuring that resources are available to support health workers and support health authorities, and that people who are ill are properly cared for.”
Guterres has made clear that the international community needs to step up to the challenge.
The U.S. and Britain have announced that they will send 3,000 additional health workers to Liberia to provide care to the 1.2 million people infected with the virus.
The announcement came just hours after the U.K. government said it had contracted a new strain of Ebola in London, the worst-ever case of the virus to strike the capital.
The outbreak is expected to cost the world more than $100 billion and have a devastating impact on the economy, the World Bank said Friday.
But Guterre said the U,N.
had been wrong in its assessment.
“The international community has to step in and take responsibility for what is happening and be ready to step forward,” Guterrer said in the statement.
“We have been underestimating the seriousness of this pandemic.”
In addition to the World Health Organization, governments from Europe, the U