U.S. Must Continue Strong Support Of Global Health Security Agenda
Scientific American: A Worldwide Effort to Stop Epidemics Is in Peril
Thomas Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
“…Many international health efforts aim to improve the response to one disease, but the [Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)] builds infrastructure that can control a broad range of biological threats. … This work, done mostly through the CDC and the U.S. Agency for International Development, has produced hundreds of valuable interventions directed at enhancing countries’ capacities to detect, prevent, and respond to dangerous infections. … If the U.S. curtails its part in this collaboration, countries at highest risk for new epidemics will have a harder time building up diagnostic and testing labs that provide early warnings of spreading infections, and efforts to train and equip local scientists and public health officials will be hurt. … The GHSA is this country’s first line of defense in a world where the next deadly disease is just a short airplane flight away” (May 2018).