Zuma attends G20 Summit, methods to fight Ebola shared

The G20 leaders have also promised to put more efforts into addressing the medium term costs.

FILE: More than 5,000 people have now been killed by the virus since the outbreak earlier this year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Leaders at the G20 Summit in Brisbane have called for greater efforts by researchers and pharmaceutical companies to develop safe, effective and affordable diagnostic tools and vaccines to fight Ebola.

More than 5,000 people have now been killed by the virus since the outbreak earlier this year.

President Jacob Zuma is also attending the summit.

G20 members have given their assurance that they will do what is necessary to ensure international efforts can extinguish the outbreak of Ebola.

The G20 has also promised to put more efforts into addressing the medium term costs.

The leaders say they are sharing their experiences of success in fighting Ebola in order to promote safe conditions and training for healthcare and relief workers.

They say this outbreak illustrates the urgency required to address gaps in capabilities, preparedness and response capacity that expose the global economy to the impacts of infectious diseases.