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WASHINGTON — President Obama said Wednesday it's too early to say whether an experimental drug can help stop the Ebola virus, and whether it should be made available to African nations.

"I think we've got to let the science guide us," Obama said at a news conference to cap the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. "I don't think all the information is in on whether this drug is helpful."

The drug is being used to treat two Americans who contracted Ebola while working in Africa and have been flown back to the United States.

Obama said that Ebola can be "controlled and contained" if protocols are followed, and that is what U.S. health officials are now doing.

"We're focusing on the public health approach right now," Obama said. "But I will continue to seek information about what we're learning with respect to these drugs going forward."

During the news conference at the State Department, Obama also:

• Pledged to issue executive orders soon to make changes in the immigration system because Congress will not act.

"We gave a broken system," Obama said. "It is under-resourced, and we've got to make choices in terms of how we allocate personnel and resources."

• Again urged Israel and the Palestinians to build on the current temporary cease-fire, and "move forward" in a sustainable way. The president said Israel should be secure from rocket attacks, and that Gaza should be rebuilt.

"I have no sympathy for Hamas," Obama said, while expressing support for the Palestinian Authority and its constituents in Gaza.

• Said it's too early to say how well new sanctions on Russia are working, but said previous penalties have weakened the Russian economy.

• Rejected the suggestion that he is exceeding his authority, the subject of a pending lawsuit by House Republicans. Obama said he has had to act because congressional Republicans won't.

• Again criticized a tactic in which businesses partner with foreign companies, use their address and thereby avoid U.S. taxes. He called on Congress to outlaw the practice, saying "we can't solve the entire problem administratively."

• Said he and African leaders who gathered in Washington agreed on a number of steps to improve economic development in Africa.

Those steps include expanded electricity, government and regulatory reform, increased trade assistance, empowerment of women and a doubling in the number of children receiving HIV treatment across 10 African countries, Obama said.

Obama said his meetings with the African leaders have been constructive, and the summit will be a "recurring" event.

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