A team of health experts on Tuesday called for the U.S. “to lead a global effort to protect people from new outbreaks of deadly infectious diseases that originate in animals, such as swine flu, AIDS and SARS,” Reuters writes.
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In his first U.N. General Assembly address, President Obama on Wednesday “called for ‘a new era of engagement’ … with the world, pledging to work together with other countries while defending the interests of the United States,” Reuters reports (9/23). The Associated Press reports that Obama “believes there are four pillars necessary to ensure that future â€” nuclear disarmament, the promotion of peace and security, preservation of the planet, and a global economy that offers opportunity for all people. Obama says those pillars must be ‘the guiding principle of international cooperation’” (9/23).
During opening remarks of the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York, former President Bill Clinton said, “[W]e have more attending this meeting than ever before,” Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal reports. “Despite record attendance and commitments made, Clinton addressed the reduction in global wealth upfront, urging leaders who have not yet identified which causes to support to instead support multi-year pledges already under way that have been restructured due to lack of funding,” according to the news service. After Clinton, President Barack Obama addressed the summit, “[f]ollowing” a theme that encouraged meeting participants to take action (Banjo, 9/22).
Lancet Editorial, Comment Address Climate Change, Health In addition to the Lancet’s recent publication of an opinion piece and letter by 18 doctor association leaders about the potential health risks associated with climate change, the journal includes an editorial about sexual and reproductive health and climate change and a comment…
A group of nine countries on Thursday announced they would share H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine supplies with developing nations to protect the world’s poorest from the H1N1 virus, Reuters reports. The U.S. joined Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and Britain in the pledge, according to the news service. The new donations add to the 120 million vaccine doses pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi-Pasteur pledged to WHO.
The Obama administration “has yet to announce a candidate to head” USAID, despite the talk “about how super-important foreign assistance is these days,” columnist Al Kamen writes in a Washington Post opinion piece examining the vacant USAID administrator position.
The recent news that a single dose of H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine can protect adults against the virus has sparked conversations between the WHO and developed countries about sharing their vaccine stockpiles with developing countries, Bloomberg reports.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Tuesday during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing that H1N1 (swine flu) vaccines produced by four manufacturers — CSL Ltd., Novartis, Sanofi-Pasteur and Medimmune — had won FDA approval, paving the way for a U.S. large-scale vaccination campaign, the Wall Street Journal reports. The application for GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s vaccine is still being considered.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice announced Monday that President Obama will host a luncheon for leaders of sub-Saharan African countries next week during the ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly “to promote economic and social development,” the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.
While legislators in Moscow attempt to reform the Russian health system in a way that is “strikingly similar” to the reform process in the U.S. and “[g]iven the importance of the U.S.-Russia relationship … our two countries have a historic opportunity to expand our health collaboration and, in so doing, improve our diplomatic ties,” Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who is a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) board of trustees, writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece.