International Policy

WHO recommends seven policies to build health system resilience, renew health security

In a new position paper, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted the setbacks and failures faced worldwide during the COVID-19…

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Sen. Wicker advocates naval ship fleet requirement

During a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Deputy Undersecretary for Policy at the Department…

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U.S.-Israel partnership targets homeland security technology development

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS) officials are touting…

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WHO approves world’s first malaria vaccine for children

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended the first vaccine to treat malaria in children, a mosquito-borne disease that kills…

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DHS initiates air domain awareness demonstrations at northern border

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) officials said the agency is evaluating air domain awareness technologies…

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Senators urge Biden to reduce trade barriers amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Leaders of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs and Global Competitiveness wrote to President Joe Biden this week…

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Nuclear Threat Initiative gathered 100 experts to address global biosecurity

Earlier this month, the Nuclear Threat Initiative gathered 100 international experts on biosafety for the 2021 Virtual Global Biosecurity Dialogue…

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WHO endorses Regeneron drug as COVID-19 countermeasure, but calls for lower prices

The World Health Organization (WHO) approved Regeneron Pharmaceuticals’ drug cocktail of casirivimab and imdevimab for use on COVID-19 patients last week,…

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Global leaders reiterate efforts to ensure equitable COVID-19 vaccines access worldwide

At the United States-hosted Global COVID-19 Summit last week, world leaders recommitted to guaranteeing equitable vaccine access for all countries…

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IAEA and PREZODE to collaborate in fight against zoonotic diseases

A cooperative effort was enacted against zoonotic diseases this week, with an agreement reached between the International Atomic Energy Agency…

1 month ago

IDSA, HIVSA call for U.S. leadership in global vaccine equity

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and its HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) announced that it supports the Biden Administration’s…

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Democratic lawmakers urge White House to expand U.S. vaccine production, distribution globally

In a letter drafted in advance of the COVID-19 international summit being hosted by President Joe Biden, a group of…

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Bill advocates rejecting Taliban government recognition

A group of lawmakers have introduced a bill preventing the Biden Administration from recognizing Afghanistan's Taliban-controlled government in international organizations.…

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Lawmakers advocate for U.S.-Canada border reopening

A group of lawmakers have forwarded correspondence to President Joe Biden, encouraging efforts allowing vaccinated Canadians to travel to the…

1 month ago

NTI research identifies lack of political will, attention to nuclear security

In a new paper, researchers from the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) found that nuclear security now exists in something of…

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WHO, global health leaders in plea for accelerated vaccination efforts in Africa and abroad

Vaccine equity is in need of a boost globally, and in Africa in particular, and unless that changes, World Health…

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Biden plans global COVID response summit as lawmakers call for increased vaccine aid

The Biden administration seeks an international summit on COVID-19 pandemic responses and to form a united global front for vaccination…

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Sandia National Labs designs modular radiation monitors for U.S. ports

Sandia National Laboratories' modular radiation detection monitors will decrease costs and enhance threat detection, officials say. As part of an…

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Lawmakers lament Taliban cabinet appointments

A pair of lawmakers have forwarded correspondence to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, expressing disapproval of the Taliban’s recently announced…

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Lawmakers seek Afghanistan evacuation guidance

A group of lawmakers have forwarded correspondence to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, seeking…

2 months ago

Measure targets U.S-Israel AI development

A group of lawmakers have introduced a bill that seeks to establish a U.S.-Israel Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research and Development…

2 months ago

New WHO compendium charts 24 technologies to help low-resource nations with priority diseases

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a compendium this week consisting of 24 innovative health technologies that could be used…

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House Republicans press NIH and NIAID for further details on Wuhan Lab biosafety concerns

Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week queried the director of the National Institutes of Health…

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Phase 2/3 trial launched for Chikungunya vaccine in Costa Rica

Vaccination has begun for a Phase 2/3 trial of Bharat Biotech International Ltd’s (BBIL) Chikungunya vaccine candidate, through a partnership…

2 months ago

Briefing sought on Taliban access to U.S. military equipment

A pair of lawmakers have forwarded correspondence to the Department of Defense, seeking a briefing and information related to the…

2 months ago

U.S., Singapore expand cybersecurity cooperation initiative

The United States and Singapore reached an agreement that seeks to expand cybersecurity cooperation efforts between the nations. The Memorandum…

2 months ago

Lawmakers express Taliban prisoner release concerns

A trio of lawmakers have forwarded correspondence to White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan regarding detainees reportedly released from…

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WHO forms new advisory group on origins of novel pathogens

With the formation of a new Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO), the World Health Organization…

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DoD Activates Civil Reserve Air Fleet to Assist with Afghanistan Efforts

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered the Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command to activate Stage I of the…

2 months ago

Rep. Pocan introduces bill to bolster efforts to vaccinate 30 percent of the world’s poorest populations

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced legislation Wednesday that seeks to divert a small percentage of military spending towards global…

2 months ago

WHO asks for $7.7B in funding to stop Delta variant; end pandemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) is asking for $7.7 billion in funding for the Rapid ACT-Accelerator Delta Response (RADAR) to…

2 months ago

Resolution urges EU designation of Hezbollah as terrorist organization

U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Kathy Manning (D-NC), and Peter Meijer (R-MI) introduced Monday a resolution designed…

3 months ago

Congress sees growing bicameral call for $34B to improve global vaccine distribution

In a letter written to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), more…

3 months ago

CEPI seeks improved flow of critical COVID-19 vaccine supply chain with COVAX Marketplace

Partners in COVAX, a global collaborative effort to accelerate development, manufacturing and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, launched the COVAX…

3 months ago

Sen. Ernst sounds alarm on threats to homeland after Afghanistan exit

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernest (R-IA) introduced legislation Wednesday that would require military and intelligence agencies to monitor the threat from…

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