WHO Announces Trial Ebola Vaccine, U.S. Imposes Flight Restrictions

ebola flightIf deemed safe, an experimental Ebola vaccine will be administered in a trial program in West Africa where tens of thousands of doses will be administered says the World Health Organization.

This new news coming from WHO comes as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that all passengers arriving from three west African countries, Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone will be required to fly into either JFK in New York, Newark in New Jersey, Hartsfield in Atlanta, O’Hare in Chicago, or Dulles in Washington D.C., where enhanced screening can take place for the Ebola virus.

At these airports, where almost 95% of all people traveling from West Africa arrive at, temperatures will be taken and other health screening will take place. DHS and CDC initiated enhanced screening procedures at these airports earlier this month.

These new travel restrictions come after lawmakers on both sides of the aisle called on the Obama administration to tighten up travel coming from West Africa.

Jeh Johnson of the Department of Homeland Security said of the added measures, “We are continually evaluating whether additional restrictions or added screening and precautionary measures are necessary to protect the American people and will act accordingly.”

Republican congressmen are calling for stricter measures and some have been calling for suspensions of visas and “No Boarding” lists. Representative Bob Goodlatte R-Va. says the administration “must do more to protect Americans.”
president Obama still opposes a travel ban according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest.