President Obama will be in Atlanta on Tuesday visiting the Centers of Disease Control, and is expected to announce additional American efforts to fight the Ebola virus that is threatening several countries in Africa. The New York Times provides a preview of what is expected to be announced at his visit:
The president will go beyond the 25-bed portable hospital that Pentagon officials said they would establish in Liberia, one of the three West African countries ravaged by the disease, officials said. Mr. Obama is expected to offer help to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in the construction of five Ebola treatment centers around Monrovia, with about 500 beds.
In addition, Mr. Obama is expected to announce that he is appointing a woman as an Ebola czar to coordinate the American response, along with an increase in the number of doctors and other health care workers being sent to West Africa. The military is likely to provide medical supplies and training for African health care workers as they seek to contain the virus.
Trying to nip what could be a major epidemic in the bud is admirable, of course. For many Atlantans, however, this could be a bigger immediate concern: