US ‘disappointed’ by Ebola ‘rejects’ US aid plan

A US State Department spokesman on Monday said the United States is disappointed that the world’s largest donor is “rejecting” an aid plan to fight the deadly virus.

The US, along with its allies, has been scrambling to find money to help millions of people in the Ebola-stricken West African country.

“We’re disappointed in the decision of the international donors and the United Nations, which is an absolute disgrace, and a complete and total failure,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters in Washington.

The plan calls for $1.2 billion from the United Arab Emirates, $400 million from Germany, $100 million from France and $60 million from Britain.

It is also expected to include $500 million from the European Union.

Nauert said the money would be earmarked for health workers, as well as education, health care, water and sanitation, education, sanitation and health, and food.

She added that US aid would also be used to assist in efforts to curb the spread of the disease.

The United Nations says more than 7,400 people have died of Ebola in West Africa.

The outbreak has displaced more than 13 million people, according to the World Health Organization.

The latest figures from the World Bank show the West African nation of Liberia has the highest number of cases of the virus in Africa.

The UN estimates that 2.1 million people have been infected with Ebola, with 1.6 million people having died.

The disease has infected more than 6,500 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The World Bank estimates the cost of the West Africa pandemic to date to be $4.6 billion, with $1 billion of that going to help fight the virus.More: