A man has his temperature taken at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, August 11, 2014.
Afolabi Sotunde / Courtesy Reuters

Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama released a video statement on the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. In the video, Obama directed his comments to West Africans navigating the epidemic. He explained how Ebola is -- and isn’t -- spread and reiterated the United States’ commitment to providing assistance. “You are not alone,” he commented in closing. “Together we can treat those who are sick with respect and dignity. We can save lives. And our countries can work together to improve public health. . . .”

We’re now learning more about what that American response entails and how much U.S. support West Africans can really expect. A recent U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) press release commits to “providing resources for 1,000 new beds, 130,000 sets of personal protective equipment, and 50,000 hygiene kits.” The U.S. Department of Defense will also pitch in. During a Sunday interview on

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