Vice President Joe Biden argued that the Ebola virus is on par with ISIS in Iraq and Syria when it comes to global security threats.
Speaking in Boston Thursday at the Harvard Institute of Politics, Biden warned that “threats as diverse as terrorism and pandemic disease” are crossing borders “at blinding speeds,” and they demand a global response involving more players “than ever before.”
“This has all led to a number of immediate crises that demand our attention from ISIL to Ebola to Ukraine – just to name a few that are on our front door – as someone said to me earlier this week, the wolves closest to the door,” he said.
“Each one in its own way is symptomatic of the fundamental changes that are taking place in the world,” he continued. “The international order that we painstakingly built after World War II and defended over the past several decades is literally fraying at the seams right now.”
Biden went on to explain that the Obama administration is working to build international relationships to help combat these concerns.
“Take Ebola,” he said. “A horrific disease that is now a genuine global health emergency. Our Centers for Disease Control, USAID and our military have taken charge of that world epidemic. We are organizing the international response to this largest epidemic in history.”