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U.S., World Must Prepare For Future Pandemics, Strengthen Public Health Systems

Washington Post: More pandemics are inevitable, and the U.S. is grossly underprepared Editorial Board “…As the world becomes more globalized with the movement of goods and people, as climate change disrupts the environment, and as pathogens move between humans and animals, cocktails of infectious disease will form, spread, and sicken.…

‘Groundbreaking’ Global Agreements Made In 2015 Offer Optimism For Addressing Climate Change, Development, Finance Reform

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: A Trifecta of Hope: Addressing Climate Change, Global Finance Reform, and Sustainable Development Heather Higginbottom, deputy secretary of state for management and resources at the State Department, writes, “Despite the daunting challenges facing the world today, groundbreaking agreements reached by the nations of the world…

WHO To Release Data On Global Air Pollution Next Month, The Guardian Reports

The Guardian: Shock figures to reveal deadly toll of global air pollution “The World Health Organization has issued a stark new warning about deadly levels of pollution in many of the world’s biggest cities, claiming poor air quality is killing millions and threatening to overwhelm health services across the globe.…

The Lancet Examines China’s Health Reform Challenges

The Lancet: Child health in China: great progress but challenges ahead Editorial Board “…Progress has been unprecedentedly astonishing for child survival in China, but so have been the existing and emerging challenges for child health. Huge disparities in child health remain pervasive in China. … Furthermore, China is short of…

Integrated Research On Zika Virus, Other Arboviruses, Needed To Stop Future Pandemics

New England Journal of Medicine: Zika Virus in the Americas — Yet Another Arbovirus Threat Anthony Fauci, director, and David Morens, senior scientific adviser, both of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases “…With its recent appearance in Puerto Rico, Zika virus forces us to confront a potential…