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Iran Nuclear Deal Could Bolster U.S. National Security, Enhance Global Health

Boston Globe: Iran nuclear deal will bolster global health
Ali Lotfizadeh, visiting scholar, and Mohsen Malekinejad, assistant professor, both at UCSF School of Medicine’s Institute for Health Policy Studies

“…Iran’s vast potential to enhance global health is significantly underutilized right now. … Strengthening partnerships with countries like Iran … bolsters our national security through the control of infectious disease outbreaks like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, and Ebola, which started in West Africa but found its way to our shores. … These proposed health partnerships transcend political ideologies and improve lives from villages in Tajikistan to small towns in Mississippi. But their success depends on the durability of this nuclear agreement. Iran and America do not see eye-to-eye on many political issues, and the current accord will not change that. But support for this agreement can pave the way toward a shared global responsibility to make the world a healthier place” (9/15).

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