U.S. was ill-equipped to handle Ebola rescues, State Dept. contract reveals

The U.S. State Department expedited a $4.9 million deal for medevac services, Yahoo News has learned, after two Americans infected with Ebola, Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, recently had trouble being rescued from West Africa. The CDC had developed an airworthy isolation chamber for infectious patients in the past decade, but the high-tech transportation tent was in storage when Samaritan’s Purse — a Christian humanitarian group — first sought help from the federal government.

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