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WHO Acknowledges Mistakes in Ebola Response.

UNITED NATIONS, Safar 18, 1436, December 10, 2014, SPA -- The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged Wednesday that the U.N. agency was slow to respond to the Ebola outbreak that now has killed more than 6,300 people in West Africa.

"It is fair to say the whole world, including WHO, failed to see what was unfolding, what was going to happen in front of our eyes," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told the BBC.

"An old disease like Ebola, when we put it in a new context, we were slow. All of us were slow to see the impact of social, cultural, and economic situations on the ground," Chan said. "With the benefit of hindsight, I can tell you--we could have mounted a much, much more robust response."

The WHO has faced criticism over its initial response to the epidemic, including for being overly bureaucratic and too politicized to react quickly to global health crises.


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