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U.S. Congress, Health Officials Say Focus On Ebola, Future Epidemics Needs To Be Maintained

News outlets report on comments made by lawmakers and public health experts during a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. CQ News: Ebola Prompts Effort to Bolster Hospital Preparedness “A bipartisan pair of senators voiced concerns Wednesday about the government’s ability to respond to future public…

Gilead Purchases FDA Priority Review Voucher For $125M

NPR: Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million “…In an auction, Gilead Sciences, a maker of HIV and hepatitis medicines, just bought a coupon good for the accelerated review of a drug of the company’s choice from Knight Therapeutics, a Canadian company. The priority review voucher entitles…

U.S. Must Lead World In Protecting Health Workers In Syria

New York Times: In Syria, Doctors Become the Victims Leonard Rubenstein of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and M. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society “…International law is supposed to protect health workers treating anyone who is sick or wounded. Not in Syria:…

U.S. ‘Must Increase Its Longstanding Investment In’ Gavi

The Hill: Four reasons why the U.S. should invest more in vaccines around the world Richard Lugar, former Republican Senator from Indiana “…Among our most effective tools for stabilizing fragile states and improving perceptions of the United States are our global health programs. … Especially important are our efforts to…

Public, Private Resources, Political Will Needed To End Extreme Hunger

Huffington Post: A Tradition Worth Feeding Samuel Worthington, president of InterAction “…We are at an exciting time in history: We have the means and opportunity to eliminate extreme hunger. However, this possibility requires not only public and private resources but also political will. … That’s why this May, InterAction and…

Blog Post Outlines Lessons From Ebola Response, Implications For Future Outbreaks

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: After Ebola: Five Lessons for Outbreak Response Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, outlines five lessons from the Ebola epidemic response so far, including building WHO leadership and investing in public health preparedness, and the implications…

Blog Posts Discuss Global Nutrition Efforts

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: November is a Month of Action for Nutrition Elizabeth Buckingham and Daniel Oerther, who both serve in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Food Security, outline several U.S. government initiatives on nutrition that are committed to achieving “better nutrition for all” (11/19). Bill &…

MCC Marks 10-Year Milestone In Efforts To Reduce Global Poverty

The U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog: Marking a Milestone: 10 Years of Reducing Poverty Dana Hyde, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), discusses the impact the MCC has made over the past 10 years in its efforts to reduce global poverty (11/19).