WASHINGTON, September 26 (RIA Novosti) - The G7 foreign ministers on Thursday voiced their "deepest concern" about the "unprecedented spread of Ebola" across West Africa and called for the world community to increase its financial support of the effort to stop the lethal virus from spreading further.
"We applaud the international assistance coming from the World Bank, the African Union, the African Development Bank, the European Union, non-governmental organizations and private companies, and we urge everyone in the international community – governments and non-state actors alike - to immediately increase its support," the group of seven foreign ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain, the United States, as well as EU's High Representative, said in a joint statement.
The statement, which was delivered in New York, stressed the importance of efforts undertaken by volunteers and health workers in the region, but said that there was still no "standard cure" against the Ebola.
"We urge the international community to bring high-quality medical care to Ebola patients including healthcare workers and accelerate development and testing of vaccines and therapies," the ministers said.
Russia, the United States, Britain, Canada and Japan are all currently working on vaccines to curb the Ebola virus disease.
The current outbreak of Ebola, worst yet, started in southern Guinea at the end of 2013 and consequently spread to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. A separate outbreak, unrelated to the one in West Africa, is taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The death toll in the Ebola epidemic is currently climbing to 3,000. World Health Organization (WHO) projects 20,000 new cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa by November.