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NPR Examines Issues Surrounding Pox Virus Research

NPR: Did Pox Virus Research Put Potential Profits Ahead of Public Safety? “In the brave new world of synthetic biology, scientists can now brew up viruses from scratch using the tools of DNA technology. The latest such feat, published last month, involves horsepox, a cousin of the feared virus that…

Studies Examine Impact Of Future Disease Outbreaks On U.S. Economy

CIDRAP News: Studies: Next major outbreak could bring high U.S. job loss “The next large-scale infectious disease outbreak would not just be a public health crisis but also an economic crisis for the United States, in the shape of jobs lost and a draining of the export economy — even…

‘Science Speaks’ Highlights Recent Pieces On Global Health Security, Trump’s Call To Limit Foreign Aid To ‘America’s Friends’

IDSA’s “Science Speaks”: What we’re reading: Global Health insecurity, why the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and ending AIDS at home Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses recent articles on global health security funding at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and President…

WHO To Establish Health Reserve Army To Respond To Emerging Diseases, Outbreaks

VOA News: WHO to Set Up Health Reserve Army to Tackle Emergencies “The director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said he is establishing what he calls a health reserve army to tackle emergencies and newly emerging diseases. Ghebreyesus said he has been spending the past seven…

Blog Post Examines Potential Impacts Of Expiration Of CDC’s Emergency Ebola Funding

U.N. Dispatch: Why You Should Be Freaking Out that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Is Massively Cutting its Overseas Operations. (Hint: Diseases like Ebola don’t respect borders) Blogger and international development professional Alanna Shaikh discusses recent reports regarding CDC’s efforts to prepare for the 2019 expiration of funding from…

MFAN Co-Chairs Send Letter To National Security Adviser McMaster Addressing U.S. National Security Strategy

Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network: MFAN Co-Chairs Letter to General McMaster on National Security Strategy In a letter to Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, assistant to the president for national security affairs, MFAN co-chairs George Ingram, Tessie San Martin, and Connie Veillette urge continued U.S. engagement and leadership in international development and…

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