President Barack Obama on Tuesday called the efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak centered in West Africa “the largest international response in the history of the CDC,” according to CNN. Speaking from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters near Emory University, Obama added that “faced with this outbreak, the world is looking to” the United States to lead international efforts to combat the virus. He said the United States is ready to take on that leadership role.

Obama said new treatment centers would be set up in Africa, a military command center established in Liberia with 3,000 troops to be sent into the hot zone, and “air bridges” to get personnel into areas in Africa where Ebola is spreading and could affect hundreds of thousands of people.

President Obama speaks on Ebola fight at the CDC in Atlanta.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.