Former CDC Director Frieden Warns Of Disease Threats, U.S. Retreat From Global Health Leadership Role In Commencement Address
Scientific American: Former CDC Head Warns of Threats Biological and Political
“Tom Frieden, head of the CDC from 2009 to 2017, told graduating medical students that we face challenges from pathogens and from politicians. … Frieden addressed the graduating class of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine here in New York City May 23rd, 2017. ‘We face threats from nature — whether it’s the next Ebola or Zika or SARS or pandemic influenza or HIV, it is just a few mutations away. We face threats, frankly, from killer industries, tobacco, and other unhealthy and addictive substances. And we face threats from policymakers, who may deny quality medical care and prevention to millions of people in this country and around the world … We’re also faced with the threat that America could retreat from or undermine our role in the world’…” (Mirsky, 5/26).