On Saturday, charity organization DirectRelief sent 100 tons of medical supplies to West Africa to provide some much-needed support in fighting the deadly Ebola outbreak.
The $6 million shipment will supply gloves, masks, goggles, antibiotics and much more to facilities where equipment is in short supply.
USA Today quotes a DirectRelief spokesman as saying, "We must do all we can to reduce further the human tragedy caused by this deadly outbreak and help communities avoid an even deeper setback than has occurred already."
The aid shipment comes as more and more aid workers are criticizing world governments for not doing enough to stem the outbreak.
Dr. Kent Brantley, one of the only two Americans to be infected with the disease, spoke to a Senate committee on the issue last week.
Kent Brantley via NBC: "The response to date however has remained sluggish and unacceptably out of step with the scope and the size of the problem that is now before us."
That response includes a United Nations declaration that Ebola poses a "threat to world security," and a pledged emergency mission to stem the crisis.
President Barack Obama announced a plan to combat the outbreak that will cost $750 million over the next four months and place 3,000 U.S. troops on the ground in West Africa.
Russia sent dozens of virologists to the Republic of Guinea back in August to establish a virus research laboratory; the country claims the team is developing a vaccine that was looking promising in early trials.
The list of efforts from both governments and private organizations to stop the deadly outbreak could go on and on, but the critics are saying it all could be too little too late.
Bloomberg quotes an ambassador from Sierra Leone who said if this kind of aid rolled out two months ago, the spread of the Ebola virus could have been stopped.
One health expert told the International Business Times last week that "we wouldn't even be talking about an epidemic today" if governments had responded to the outbreak back in March. She also said of Obama's efforts, "My overriding concern is that it is coming awfully late in the game."
More than 2,500 people have died from the current Ebola outbreak so far.
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Meet Barry Williams from The Brady Bunch
Join us as we welcome Me-TV superstar Barry Williams who played the iconic Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch TV Show. Meet him and get an autograph on February 10th stage side at center court in front of Macy’s.
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