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White House Expert Says Global Health Is National Security Issue

Elizabeth Cameron, White House national security expert, served as the keynote speaker for the April 9 “New Avian Influenzas in East Asia: Global Health Security and Policy” symposium at Georgetown University, according to a press release. She said, “The challenge we face as a global community is how to leverage resources and funding across disparate streams and interests to move toward similar goals and targets … so we can better detect and respond [to disease threats].” The press release states, “Over the past decade or so, public health threats such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and an array of flu strains, including H5N1 and H1N1, have set local, regional, and national governments scrambling to coordinate a response. These threats exposed an acute need ‘to galvanize world leaders around an agenda’…” (4/10).