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ASPPH Advocacy Update: Administration Releases a “Global Health Security Strategy”

The Trump administration on Friday, May 10, released a “Global Health Security Strategy,” asserting that it is “the first full-fledged strategy of its kind.” According to the administration, “The Strategy defines the actions the administration will take to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate.” The 32-page document is available here and a related White House fact sheet is available here.

The US is one of more than 60 countries that have signed onto the Global Health Security Agenda, an international compact that was established in 2014. Trump administration officials told reporters that the new strategy incorporates the Global Health Security Agenda as a “mechanism” to achieve the United States’ own health goals.

In a conference call with reporters, officials from the National Security Council, CDC and other agencies said the strategy has three key elements: “strengthening partner countries’ resources to fight infectious disease; increasing international support to respond to global threats; and protecting the homeland through better coordination among government agencies.”

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield issued a statement on the strategy’s release. The statement concludes, “One of my top priorities as CDC Director is to strengthen global health security through domestic and global preparedness to respond to public health events, and by identifying and closing gaps that dangerous diseases exploit. CDC is committed to working with our US partners to support global health security.”