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U.S. Launches Global Health Security Agenda, Partners With 26 Countries

News outlets report on the U.S.-led Global Health Security Agenda, a 26-nation partnership to better detect and prevent infectious disease outbreaks.

Associated Press: U.S., 26 countries launch effort to fight outbreaks
“The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases before they spread around the globe…” (Neergaard, 2/13).

Bloomberg News: Global Effort Signed to Halt Spread of Infectious Disease
“The U.S. won commitments from 26 countries and the World Health Organization to work together on systems to better detect and combat outbreaks of infectious diseases such as H7N9 avian flu and Ebola virus…” (Wayne, 2/13).

CQ News: Obama Administration Gears Up Initiative to Improve Global Health
“The United States and more than two dozen countries and international organizations are set to launch an initiative Thursday designed to hasten progress against infectious disease…” (Attias, 2/13).

Devex: U.S.-led Global Health Security agenda takes off
“…The Obama administration is launching on Thursday its new Global Health Security Agenda, ‘a White House-led effort to consolidate U.S. government efforts across the health and security sectors’ and help create ‘a unified global effort’ to address threats posed by global infectious diseases…” (Igoe, 2/13).

Financial Times: U.S. push for global fight on infectious diseases
“The U.S. is to launch a big push to increase international cooperation on tackling infectious diseases, warning that cross-border health risks ‘have never been greater’…” (Ward, 2/13).

The Hill: U.S. launches new effort against infectious disease
“Federal health officials are spearheading a new global effort to fight infectious diseases, particularly in countries that are ill-equipped to address rising threats…” (Viebeck, 2/13).

New York Times: U.S. Backs New Global Initiative Against Infectious Diseases
“The United States government said on Thursday it would spend $40 million to help low and middle-income countries develop and improve sophisticated systems to detect and respond to threats of infectious diseases, epidemics and bioterrorism…” (Tavernise, 2/13).

Science Magazine: Struggling Nations Would Get Help Under New Global Health Effort
“Representatives from 26 countries are planning to hold a simultaneous meeting in Washington, D.C., and Geneva today to launch a Global Health Security Agenda that aims to better protect the world from infectious diseases. Spearheaded by the United States and the World Health Organization (WHO), the new effort is an attempt to help lagging nations catch up on efforts to develop plans to address a ‘public health emergency of international concern’…” (Cohen, 2/13).

Voice of America: U.S. Launches Global Effort to Bolster Outbreak Preparedness
“Controlling disease outbreaks that threaten global public health is the goal of a new, 26-nation partnership launched in Washington. The United States is leading a group of countries and international organizations to help improve the world’s ability to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats…” (Baragona, 2/13).