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Appropriations Package Approved By House, Senate To Consider Next

The House on Thursday “took a major step toward wrapping up the FY10 appropriations process when it approved, 221-202, a nearly $450 billion spending package that includes six of the seven annual appropriations bills Congress has yet to enact,” CongressDaily reports. The package includes the $48.7 billion State and Foreign Operations bill. “All Republicans, as well as 28 Democrats, opposed the bill,” according to CongressDaily (Sanchez, 12/10).

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Comment Examines Connection Between Climate Change, Health A Lancet Comment examines the connection between climate change and human health and highlights the role health professionals can play in dealing with the future effects of climate change. “The only heartening aspect of this bleak terrain is the gathering awareness that…

Agricultural Alliance Releases Report Calling For Efforts To Prevent Climate Change From Affecting Global Food Security

The “food-security arm of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research [CGIAR], a global alliance of agricultural experts,” launched a report Friday at the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen that “calls for an intensive effort to speed the implementation of dozens of agriculture-related technologies in developing countries, which are the most vulnerable to climate change,” the Globe and Mail reports.

Opinion: Uganda Anti-Gay Bill; Shah Confirmation

Columnist Michael Gerson in a Washington Post opinion piece writes of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 being considered by the country’s parliament “that would impose new and harsher penalties on homosexuality, including life imprisonment and capital punishment. It also would force pastors and others to report homosexuals to the authorities. Ugandan…

USAID Administrator Nominee To Meet With Sen. Coburn

“In what’s seen as one of the few remaining steps before he could come up for a Senate confirmation vote, USAID chief nominee Rajiv Shah is due to meet with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)” on Thursday, Politico’s Laura Rozen reports on her blog.

Obama Signs $447B Omnibus Spending Bill

“President Barack Obama signed a $447 billion omnibus spending bill into law Wednesday, assuring that federal agencies will be able to operate through the remainder of fiscal 2010,” Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal reports. The bill provides appropriations for the State Department and several other agencies.

More Details Emerge About UNITAID’s Plan For Patent Pool For HIV/AIDS Drugs

Though UNITAID’s board “voted Monday to create a board to run the new patent pool, and set a target of having five AIDS drugs in the pool by mid-2010,” the group “punted on the thorny issue of which countries outside of Africa to include in the pool,” Forbes reports. Some drug makers have voiced opposition to the inclusion of countries such as Brazil, China and India in the patent pool, viewing “these as lucrative new markets,” the magazine writes.

Ambassador Goosby Says Hope Is ‘Major Motivator’ In AIDS Fight

In a post on State’s “DipNote” blog, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby looks back at his time working in HIV/AIDS and expresses hope about the future, writing, “Thanks to the support of the Obama Administration – which has continued to put forth robust funding for HIV/AIDS – and…

Council On Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Garrett Discusses HIV/AIDS

The Council on Foreign Relations features an interview with CFR Senior Fellow for Global Health Laurie Garrett, who “notes that discovery of [HIV/AIDS] was the beginning of what we now consider to be global health.” Garrett also discusses treatment, prevention and funding for the disease (Johnson, 6/8).