Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control, on ABC’s “This Week” : “Well, first off, here in the U.S., I remain quite confident we will not have a widespread outbreak. We will stop it in its tracks, because we’ve got infection control in hospitals and public health that tracks and isolates people if they get symptoms. In Africa, the story is different. We did help Nigeria, Lagos, stop an importation. They had one case. They ended up having to do 19,000 home visits. They had more than 1,000 health workers involved. We had to bring our own staff, a dozen of them, and 40 of our trained epidemiologists from around Nigeria to help with that response. And they look like they’ve stopped the outbreak there. But that kind of intensive response is hard to marshal everywhere. And I’m quite concerned the longer this goes on in these three West African countries, the greater the possibility that other countries in Africa are going to have to fight this on their territory, as well.
CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden on NBC’s “Meet the Press” : “The most promising drug, ZMapp, there’s no more of it, and it’s hard to make. It takes months to make just a bit…We’re also looking at vaccines. And there are a couple of promising vaccines that are already in initial trials. And if those were available, we would be able to use them for healthcare workers and potentially in other places, if they work.”
CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden on CNN’s “State of the Union” : “This is the largest CDC response in our history. We have currently 135 people in the field, our top disease detectives going out to counties, tracking cases, making sure that we’re responding effectively, putting out the sparks when it goes into a new area, and trying to cool down the fire at the heart of the forest fire there. That’s what we do to protect Americans and that’s what we do to save lives around the world.”
Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, on “FOX News Sunday” : “There’s a small group of upper level management that grew up together, let’s say, within the Secret Service, and the problem is they are married to the way things used to be done, Chris. Well, the threat footprint has changed. The world has evolved. It’s almost become that they’ve used the Secret Service’s small group, and there are good managers there, these small groups, as almost like a job search service for their secondary careers. And the problem with that is the rank-and-file agents feel like the allegiance of the management is not to them, but to, say, someone, maybe the DHS secretary who later on they can go into business with together. It’s created significant problems and a distrust. And in our business, trust is all that matters.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on CBS’s “Face the Nation” : “The greatest danger that I see from these militant Islamists is that they will marry their mad ideologies to weapons of mass death. That is a threat not only to my people, the Jewish people and the Jewish state of Israel, but to your people. They view us as one because of our tolerant societies, whom they think is weak and corrupt. We understand the value of diversity, and human freedom and choice. They abhor it. They want to wipe us away. If they have the weapons to wipe us away, they’ll try. They’ll fail ultimately, as did the Nazis, but they took down tens of millions of people with them. And that should not happen again.”