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President Obama’s Executive Order Prioritizes Global Health Security Agenda As Long-Term U.S. Commitment

Huffington Post: President Obama Cements Global Health Security Agenda As A National Priority
Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

“…[On Friday], President Obama signed an executive order which cements the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) as a national, presidential-level priority and establishes the United States as a committed, long-term catalyst for achieving the promise and protections that GHSA holds. This is good news. In today’s increasingly interconnected world, distance no longer protects us from disease. The president’s action ensures U.S. leadership and supports strengthening the ability of all countries to detect outbreaks at the earliest possible moment, to respond to them quickly and decisively, and prevent outbreaks wherever possible. … ‘Promoting global health security,’ the executive order says, ‘is a core tenet of our national strategy for countering biological threats. No single nation can be prepared if other nations remain unprepared to counter biological threats.’ All of us deserve to be healthy and safe and secure from disease outbreaks. [The executive order signed] by the president moves us closer to that goal” (11/4).

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