US backs plan for African center for disease control

African Union Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry exchange their signed Memorandum of Understanding during ceremonies in Washington, DC on April 13, 2015The United States Monday threw its weight behind an African Union plan to set up a regional disease control center in the wake of the deadly Ebola crisis. Meeting with Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the chairwoman of the African Union, US Secretary of State John Kerry signed a deal to support what he called a “very bold plan” for an African center for disease control to be opened in Addis Ababa. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was set up “70 years ago in response to an epidemic of malaria,” Kerry said as he met Zuma at the State Department.

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