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Senate Bill, Administration Plan Look To Revamp U.S. Global Health Security; WHO Official Discusses Trump’s Threat To Withdraw From Organization; Administration Imposes New Travel Ban On Brazil

Devex: Senate bill latest in efforts to revamp U.S. global health security “…[Sen. James Risch, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee], a Republican from Idaho, on Friday introduced the Global Health Security and Diplomacy Act of 2020, which is co-sponsored by Democrats Sen. Chris Murphy and Sen. Ben Cardin.…

Merck Enters Race To Develop Novel Coronavirus Vaccine, Announcing Partnership With IAVI; Global Funds For Vaccine, Treatment R&D Reach $10.4B, E.C. Head Says

PRI: Coronavirus vaccine will need new models of public-private partnership, says research nonprofit CEO “The world will need billions of doses of a vaccine to eradicate the novel coronavirus pandemic, and that means public and private sector partners will have to find new models of partnership to meet the challenge,…

NASEM Releases Evaluation Of PEPFAR’s HRH Investments In Rwanda

National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Evaluation of Strengthening Human Resources for Health Capacity in the Republic of Rwanda under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) “The purpose of the evaluation is to understand how the CDC/PEPFAR-funded (2012-2017) Rwandan Ministry of Health HRH Program affected morbidity and…

Blog Posts, Statements Address Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Center for Global Development: A Tool to Estimate the Net Health Impact of COVID-19 Policies Damian Walker, non-resident fellow with CGD, and colleagues (5/26). Center for Global Development: What Is the World Health Organization Without the United States? Amanda Glassman, executive vice president of CGD, CEO of CGD Europe, and…

Virtual Pledging Conference For Venezuelan-Related Aid Raises $2.79B

Devex: Virtual Venezuela pledging conference raises $2.79B “A virtual pledging conference for Venezuelan refugees and migrants raised $2.79 billion in total commitments Tuesday. Representatives from UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration, which supported the conference along with the European Union and Spain, said the United Nations agencies were pleased…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Various Aspects Of COVID-19 Pandemic, Including Vaccine R&D, Potential Impact On SDGs, Women’s Health, Other Diseases

Bloomberg: The More Covid-19 Vaccines, the Merrier Faye Flam, Bloomberg Opinion columnist (5/26). Bloomberg: The Pandemic Is Exposing the Limits of Science Ferdinando Giugliano, columnist at Bloomberg View and economics columnist for La Repubblica (5/25). The Conversation: Lockdown and flooding raise the risk of a spike in mosquito-borne diseases in…

GAO Report Spotlights SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Development

Government Accountability Office: Science & Tech Spotlight: COVID-19 Vaccine Development This GAO report discusses the vaccine development process, highlighting opportunities, challenges, and policy questions for the development of a novel coronavirus vaccine. The report notes that the U.S. is funding multiple efforts to develop vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that…

Private Philanthropy Playing Role In COVID-19 Pandemic Response, Vaccine Research

Devex: COVID-19 demands speed, long-term thinking from private foundations “The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing many philanthropic foundations to give more money more quickly, with fewer strings attached to support responses, according to Kathleen Enright, CEO at the nonprofit Council on Foundations. The sudden increase in funding for COVID-19 could become…

Devex Examines History Of, Efforts To Bolster U.S. Global Health Security Agenda

Devex: How to build a global health security movement “Supporters of a stronger U.S. role in global health security have long warned that if politicians did not choose to listen to them, they would someday be forced to. As the coronavirus pandemic has brought the world economy to a screeching…

Group Of 77 Nobel Laureates, 31 Scientific Societies Send Letters To NIH, HHS Denouncing Funding Cut For EcoHealth Alliance Research, Call For Review

New York Times: Prominent Scientists Denounce End to Coronavirus Grant “A group of 77 Nobel laureates has asked for an investigation into the cancellation of a federal grant to EcoHealth Alliance, a group that researches bat coronaviruses in China. The pre-eminent scientists characterized the explanation for the decision by the…