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Strong Partnerships, Political Will Can Advance Vaccine Development, Help Prepare For Disease Outbreaks

Huffington Post: When It Was Even Scarier
Anne Schuchat, CDC deputy director

“…Working with global partners and national governments, it is crucial we prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks before they spread; finish the job of polio eradication and secure its legacy through resilient immunization systems and sustained high coverage of measles vaccine. … Our Ebola response showed we could move candidate vaccines from pre-clinical testing into large-scale field trials faster than ever. … Improvements in science and global collaboration can help vaccine development against Zika advance even more rapidly. … Nature will continue to pose new and unexpected disease threats. But thanks to strong partnerships and political will, we are today, and can be tomorrow, better prepared to overcome them…” (4/29).

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