Russian financial input in Ebola virus containment tops $60 million

Russia has invested over $60 million in containment of the Ebola virus, Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) head, chief Russian public health official Anna Popova said.

Russia has invested over $60 million in containment of the Ebola virus, Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) head, chief Russian public health official Anna Popova said.

"Irrespective of economic difficulties, Russia has been honoring its commitments as a leading partner to the resolution of global healthcare problems. Our aggregate contribution to this work has topped $60 million," Popova said in Moscow on Friday, at a meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) sanitary service heads.

The Russian government has allotted approximately $20 million to the World Health Organization, the UNICEF, the World Food Program and other international agencies for fighting Ebola.

Russia continues to develop an Ebola vaccine and has produced a highly sensitive diagnosis system, which has been tested in West Africa.

Russian virologists and epidemiologists are helping confine the Ebola outbreak in Guinea.

According to the World Health Organization, Ebola outbreaks in West Africa have affected over 25,000 people, and more than 10,000 of them have died.

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