U.S. President Barack Obama has tapped former White House official Ron Klain to coordinate the U.S. government's response to the Ebola outbreak, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, will report to Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco and National Security Adviser Susan Rice, the official said. At the briefing, Earnest also said the President is willing to keep an open mind as he evaluates changing circumstances on Ebola, but he won't put a travel ban in place at this point. Obama has said experts tell him that "a flat-out travel ban is not the way to go" because current screening measures at airports are working. Jamaica announced an immediate travel ban on Thursday (October 16) and South America's Guyana said it has denied entry to citizens from four Ebola-hit West African nations for the past five weeks.