26 nations join US Global Health Security Agenda

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 18 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1589
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Representatives of 26 nations met in Washington, DC, on 13 February to join a new US initiative on the threat of infectious diseases.

The Global Health Security Agenda will include programs to help countries develop national infectious disease laboratories, public health electronic reporting systems, and emergency operations centers.

Kathleen Sebelius, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, said that the initiative was necessary because the world’s growing interconnectedness allowed dangerous pathogens …

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