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Canada Should Promote G7 Global Health Initiative To Fill Gaps Left By U.S.

The Globe and Mail: On global health, Canada is not ‘back’
Valerie Percival, assistant professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and senior fellow with the Canadian International Council

“…[T]he Trudeau government does not plan to host a G7 Health Ministers Meeting, a fixture for the past several years, during its presidency. This failure to prioritize global health in the G7 process could not come at a worse time. … The world has long relied on the ‘health security umbrella’ of the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sends epidemiologists around the globe to investigate outbreaks and provide assistance to stop their spread. CDC budget cuts will soon end such work in 39 countries… Canada is now perfectly positioned to promote a G7 Global Health Initiative to fill the gap left by the CDC’s budget cuts. … It is not too late. Canada can announce a G7 Health Ministerial meeting on the margins of the World Health Assembly in May. … Global health clearly needs a little ‘Canada’s back’…” (2/21).