Biden administration officials are blaming the Ebola crisis on a “distraction” from the Fema crisis and say that the administration is working to address the humanitarian crisis as quickly as possible.
The administration has already begun releasing a “list of priorities” to address health care, food and shelter access and other issues affecting the United States.
But Biden administration aides say the real issues are far more urgent than the Ebola pandemic.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
The administration’s focus on the Ebola response is “an obvious distraction from the underlying issues that are really driving this,” said David Haines, who served as the deputy assistant secretary for health affairs under President Barack Obama.
“It is a distraction from getting Fema off the ground, getting people back on the ground and helping people who need help.”
“It is important for us to have a plan in place to deal with the Ebola threat, but we also need to make sure that the focus of our actions is on those who need assistance, not on those trying to infect the United State,” Hainys said.
“We have a real opportunity to get the world on track to prevent and respond to this pandemic,” he added.
According to the latest figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 1,845 confirmed and probable cases of Ebola in the United Kingdom.
In the United Arab Emirates, there are currently about 30 confirmed cases, including 10 in Dubai and one in the capital Abu Dhabi.
In Nigeria, there were 17 confirmed cases and another 12 suspected cases on Wednesday, according to the United Nations.
A senior administration official said that the United states has already released more than $500 million in emergency aid to help those affected by the crisis, but the administration needs to move faster on the issue of food aid.
Haines said the Biden administration has begun to develop a plan to help alleviate the humanitarian needs of the United Americans, but it is still early in the process.
When asked about the need for more funding, the administration official responded, “We are working with our allies and partners to get that money.
We have to get it into the hands of the people who really need it, and the first step is to address food insecurity.””
We are still trying to work out what is the best approach, but what is going to be a first step,” Hains said.
“There is a lot of talk and we are trying to hammer it out as quickly and efficiently as we can.
But it’s a real challenge.”
Hains also defended the president’s decision to send thousands of troops to Niger last week.
He said the president was not doing what he should have done, but that “every commander-in-chief is faced with the same challenge.”
“This is a tough situation, and you know what?
You have to be tough and you have to deal and you do it in a smart way,” Hinsaid.
“But the fact of the matter is, we are dealing with a much larger and much more complex situation, so you know, I would hope that the president has been very clear about that.
And I would also hope that he was very clear that if there is an opportunity for us, that he would do everything he could to get those people home.”
In addition to the food aid, the Biden team has announced plans to send more U.S. soldiers to Niger, where the U.N. agency said it received nearly 2,300 new cases of the disease since it began monitoring the country.
Hainles said he does not believe there is a need for additional troops, but said the United.
States would also provide “special support to those who have family members in the region, to help them adjust to life after the disease, but also to those in remote areas.”
“That will be a priority for us as we go forward,” he said.