Bob Geldof on Ebola virus: 'Action came too little too late'

The Boomtown Rats musician said Sierra Leone is now facing “state collapse”

Ella Alexander
Friday 17 October 2014 10:54
Bob Geldof speaking at the One Young World Summit
Bob Geldof speaking at the One Young World Summit

Bob Geldof said that action should have been taken much earlier to prevent the spread of Ebola.

The Boomtown Rats singer spoke in front of 1,300 delegates at the One Young World summit in Dublin.

He maintained that Médecins Sans Frontières had warned of the threat of the fatal pandemic six months ago. The virus has now killed over 4,000 people.

He noted how while other countries like US and Spain have the systems in place to deal with the virus, West Africa is at a disadvantage - as it was in the Eighties when Geldof campaigned about famine in the region.

“They don’t have the doctors, hospitals, nurses, state systems that they have in Madrid and Texas," he explained. "And so, once again, through no fault of their own, this virus is out of control in states where there are no systems - because there is no money."

He said that the country now faced "state collapse" and that world leaders must act "immediately" if the virus to be stopped.

"It’s beyond the point of getting together and having a summit," he said. "It’s now about calling up the various leaders and saying, 'Now, do it now.'"

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in