U.S. Remains Committed To Investing In Global Health Security

Washington Times: How killer microbes endanger lives and jobs
Rebecca Martin, director of the Center for Global Health at the CDC, and Gary Cohen, executive vice president of global health at Becton Dickinson and Co.

“…The U.S. answer to [the risk of disease outbreaks] is the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), a modern partnership building and strengthening capacity to thwart disease threats where they start. GHSA leverages a multisectoral approach with government and private sector engagement, new technology, and expertise to elevate health security as a component of our national security. President Trump’s budget request of $59 million in GHSA funding for fiscal 2019 demonstrates the administration’s commitment to global health security. This … funding also provides an important bridge to the extension of the GHSA announced by the administration in October 2017 in Uganda. … CDC strives to protect Americans by finding and ending outbreaks at their source. Perhaps more importantly, CDC is able to help countries build the capacity to identify and stop these diseases on their own. We must take advantage of the bridge funding provided in the administration’s budget to ensure the men and women of CDC are able to hunt disease threats across the globe, to save lives and to protect American jobs by ensuring strong economies” (3/7).

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