'Wake-up call' needed on Ebola, says UN ambassador

The resources provided by the international community to battle Ebola have thus far been “woefully insufficient,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha PowerSamantha Power Obamas welcome Nordic leaders, celebs for state dinner The Hill's 12:30 Report Obama’s Iran playbook gives hope to Darfur MORE said on Thursday.

“This should be a wake-up call for the international community,” the diplomat said in an interview with “CBS This Morning,” noting her plans to call an emergency session of the Security Council to address the issue today.

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“It’s the worst Ebola epidemic we’ve seen in history,” she continued. “And the good news, though, is that we know how to stop it. But the resources the international community has put toward this to this point are woefully insufficient.”

Earlier this week, President Obama announced the U.S. was sending 3,000 military personnel to West Africa to respond to the crisis. The Pentagon plans to establish a command center in Liberia, build over a dozen temporary hospitals and distribute kits with sanitizing equipment and medicine. According to a senior administration official, the U.S. is prepared to devote more than $1 billion to the effort if necessary.

But in that announcement, Obama also chastised the international community for not doing more to address the crisis, which has already claimed an estimated 2,500 lives.

“This is a global threat, and it demands a truly global response,” Obama said. “International organizations just have to move faster than they have up until this point. More nations need to contribute experienced personnel, supplies and funding that’s needed, and they need to deliver on what they pledge quickly.”

The president also encouraged private charities and donors “to work with us in a coordinated fashion in order to maximize the impact of our response.”