The Global Health and Security Agenda launched on Thursday in Washington, D.C. despite a foot of snow falling in the area. Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco teamed up and wrote an OpEd for CNN on why global health security is a national priority.
“The United States has made addressing infectious disease threats a priority. On Thursday in Washington and Geneva, we are convening 26 countries to launch a Global Health Security Agenda that will accelerate progress on addressing a wide range of global health security threats.” Read the rest of the article here.
The three main goals of the Agenda are to prevent avoidable epidemics, detect early threats, and respond rapidly and effectively to biological threats of international concern.