‘Science Speaks’ Examines ‘Growing Disconnect’ Between U.S. Government Global Health Priorities, On-The-Ground Realities
IDSA’s “Science Speaks”: White House rescission proposal, House resolution highlight disconnect between federal priorities, global realities
Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses “a growing disconnect between shifting federal spending goals and ongoing global realities.” Barton notes a White House proposal to rescind $252 million in emergency Ebola funding originally appropriated in 2015, and the WHO announcement confirming another Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Barton writes, “The savings that would be derived from the cuts proposed this week have been noted to be negligible. The enormity of the costs of failures to stop infectious diseases where they originate, remains to be seen” (5/10).