Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Global Health Security Agenda measures early advances toward readiness to contain outbreaks

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“None of this works if you’ve got a hole in the net . . .” Last year, an international partnership that includes the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, as well as donors and agencies from Canada and European countries, and health officials in countries around […]

Columbia study finds Zika-related microcephaly risk appears greatest in early pregnancy

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In early August 2015, Columbia’s national health service began to collect what would add up over the year that followed to about 105,000 reports of suspected Zika virus infections, with close to 20,000 of those among pregnant women. Six months later, health officials began to collect reports of a steeply climbing number of babies born […]

Congress extends Continuing Resolution adding some funding to NIH, FDA through Cures Act

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Avoiding a government shutdown with just an hour to spare, the U.S. Senate late Friday night passed a continuing resolution to fund the government until April 28, 2017. The House had passed the bill, which maintains most federal programs at current funding levels, on Thursday. Many congressional Democrats argued to extend federal funding for the full […]

Examination of West Africa Ebola crisis highlights fault lines revealed in previous outbreaks, opportunities to expand knowledge

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The threat of Ebola across Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in 2014 had been recognized about three months earlier when an unrelated outbreak began in an isolated village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that July, with markedly different impacts and outcomes. Contained by that November, the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo […]