Category Archives: Transition 2017

When Senators question Tillerson on global health impacts of State Department cuts, numbers speak louder than words

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“Throughout my career, I have never believed, nor have I ever experienced, that the level of funding devoted to a goal is the most important factor in achieving it . . .” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shared that philosophy with skeptical U.S. Senators Tuesday, on the same day a new analysis […]

Trump budget proposes to gut research, responses that counter disease threats at home and around the world

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Administration details deep cuts to CDC domestic and global health programs, steep drops in National Institutes of Health funding, and a retreat from efforts to find and control outbreaks where they start . . . and calls it “Putting America’s Health First” Work led by the United States to prevent, detect, treat and control diseases, […]

Trump proposes $18 billion cuts to spending this year, with steep, immediate drops in science, health, human services investments

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From slowing HIV treatment access, to an immediate $1.2 billion cut in biomedical research funding, to eliminating a program providing income for older Americans, Trump proposal to slash domestic and overseas aid spending this year is deemed unlikely to be accepted, but  further highlights administration priorities The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief would […]

Transition 2017: Tillerson confirmed as Secretary of State after divided Senate vote

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The Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson to become Secretary of State on Wednesday after a vote that saw the former chief executive of ExxonMobil receive more opposing votes than any other secretary of state nominee in American history. With a 56-43 vote, three Democrats and one independent joined all 52 Senate Republicans in confirming Tillerson to […]

Transition 2017: A more sweeping global gag rule returns, as cabinet head hearings continue

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With executive order Trump reinstates, broadens scope of rule restricting speech, services of health providers receiving U.S. support With his signature Monday on a Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Mexico City Policy, President Donald Trump instructed the yet-to-be installed heads of the departments of State, Health and Human Services and of USAID to ensure that no […]

Transition 2017: PEPFAR and Global Health, NIH leaders remain in place for now

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Senate committee to vote today on Secretary of State nominee Tillerson, while hearings continue on HHS nominee Price this week United States Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Deborah Birx and National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins are among the several dozen high-ranking department and agency officials asked to stay in their posts following the […]

Trump administration should be ready for global infectious disease outbreaks from day one, panel says

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No matter how hard the Trump administration will try to focus solely on domestic issues to “make America great again,” Bill Steiger said last week at an event on pandemic preparedness at Georgetown University, a public health issue of international importance will arise that will demand the U.S. government’s attention. And investing in building up […]

President Obama leaves a global health legacy marked by science, strategy, progress, challenge

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“Few could have imagined that we’d be talking about the real possibility of an AIDS-free generation, but we are. And we arrived here because of all of you and your unwavering belief that we can – and will – beat this disease.” President Barack Obama, Dec. 1, 2011 When President Barack Obama took office on […]