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U.S. announces launch of Global Health Security Agenda

During an event held at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. government announced the launch of the Global Health Security Agenda, a partnership with 26 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) “to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from the threat of infectious disease” through efforts aimed at improving three specific areas: prevention, detection, and response. An HHS press release about the announcement states that “the United States plans to work with at least 30 partner countries… to prevent, detect and effectively respond to infectious disease threats” over the next five years, that the President’s FY 2015 Budget Request will include $45 million in new funding towards this effort and that HHS, the Department of State, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) “will work closely with global partners to build countries’ global health security capacities.”

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