The White House released a video Monday documenting Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s wife, Jill, on her travels through Africa, particularly her latest stops in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Sierra Leone, where the widespread Ebola virus has taken 273 lives.
In the video, Mrs. Biden, who spent part of her summer vacation early last month on the continent, talks about her meetings with African leaders to promote education and empowering women, including crediting hospital efforts to help young women who suffer sexual abuse.
However, the video failed to include Mrs. Biden’s statement on the rising death toll of 887 from “the worst recorded outbreak of Ebola,” according to the World Health Organization, as reported by The Associated Press. Mrs. Biden opened her speech in Sierra Leone by stating, “Before I begin, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and families of those affected by the Ebola virus.”
The organization said in a statement released the same day as Mrs. Biden’s video that there have been 1,600 cases of Ebola so far this year. A staff member for Mrs. Biden told The Washington Times her Ebola statement was excluded from the video as the focus of Mrs. Biden’s trip was promoting education and women.
Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday during a press conference that 50 CDC specialists will be sent to “help countries establish emergency operations centers that can help a structured and effective way of addressing the outbreak,” Fox News reported.
President Obama is currently hosting the U.S.-African Leaders Summit, which is being held Aug. 4-6 in Washington.