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USAID Launches $100M Project To Anticipate, Address Threats Posed By Emerging Zoonotic Diseases

USAID: USAID Announces New $100 Million Project to Anticipate Threats Posed by Emerging Infectious Diseases “[On Wednesday], the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Strategies to Prevent Spillover (STOP Spillover) a five-year, $100 million project to anticipate and address threats posed by the emerging zoonotic diseases that pose…

U.S. Releases 2019 Annual Report On Progress, Impact Of U.S. Investments In Global Health Security Agenda

USAID: U.S. Government Releases Its Annual Report on the Progress and Impact of Its Investments in the Global Health Security Agenda “[Tuesday], the United States Government released, ‘Strengthening Health Security Across the Globe: Progress and Impact of U.S. Government Investments in the Global Health Security Agenda.’ This whole-of-Government report demonstrates…

Blog Posts, Report, Statement, Press Releases Address Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Including ‘Disease Denialism,’ Pandemic Preparedness, Response Efforts

BMJ Opinion: Gregg Gonsalves: Covid-19 in the U.S. — the new disease denialism Gregg Gonsalves, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Public Health Modeling Unit and Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health (9/14). Georgetown University Medical Center: Georgetown Global Health Center Issues Pandemic Preparedness…

USA TODAY Fact Checks Claim Trump Fired ‘Entire’ NSC Global Health Unit

USA TODAY: Fact check: White House didn’t fire pandemic response unit when it was disbanded in 2018 “…In May 2018, former national security adviser John Bolton restructured Trump’s National Security Council [NSC] and disbanded the global health unit. Its former head, Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer, resigned from the administration and…

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Trump Administration’s Response To Pandemic, Role Of Global Health Security In National Security, Education Efforts Amid COVID-19 Shutdowns In Latin America, How Africa’s Recent Eradication Of Polio Informs COVID-19 Response

Bloomberg: Latin America’s Teachers Are Pandemic’s Unsung Heroes Mac Margolis, Bloomberg Opinion columnist (9/9). Financial Times: What the campaign to eradicate polio tells us about Covid-19 David Pilling, Africa editor at the Financial Times (9/9). New York Times: Mr. Trump Knew It Was Deadly and Airborne Editorial Board (9/9). Wall…

More Than Half Of Mumbai Slum Occupants Have Had COVID-19, Study Shows; Europe Works To Avoid Rise In Cases; World Bank Latin America Chief Discusses Recovery; Hajj Begins Under Restrictions; Isolation Possibly More Harmful Than Coronavirus To Canadian Nursing Home Residents

AFRICA Wall Street Journal: Coronavirus and Ebola Together Test a Beleaguered Congo (Bariyo, 7/29). Washington Post: With drastically smaller hajj, Somalia’s livestock industry goes from ‘boom to doom’ (Faruk/Bearak, 7/28). Xinhua: Ethiopia’s COVID-19 cases pass 15,000 mark (7/29). ASIA Financial Times: Over half of Mumbai slum dwellers have had Covid-19,…

2020 Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations Address Health Security Cooperation

U.S. Department of State: AUSMIN 2020 Health Security Statement In a joint statement at the 2020 Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN), the U.S. and Australian governments discuss progress toward health security cooperation (7/28). U.S. Department of State: Joint Statement on Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2020 (7/28). U.S. Department of State: 2020…

Coronavirus Shows World Needs Better Preparation For Bioterrorism, Some Experts Say

POLITICO: How the coronavirus can prepare us for bioterrorism “…Bioterrorism experts now worry the West is even less prepared for a biological attack. Worse, the devastation caused by Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, could motivate rogue states or terrorist groups to use a similar pathogen against their…

Obama Warns Against Politicization Of COVID-19; Public Health Groups Concerned Over New Trump Administration Coronavirus Data Reporting Policy; Susan Rice Discusses Pandemic, Racism As National Security Threats

The Hill: Obama issues warning on U.S. coronavirus response: ‘Virus doesn’t care about spin or ideology’ (Budryk, 7/15). The Hill: Public health groups denounce new Trump move sidelining CDC (Weixel, 7/16). New York Times: Chief Vaccine Scientist Will Not Be Forced to Disclose Pharmaceutical Stocks (Weiland, 7/15). Washington Post: Susan…

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