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Monday, February 6th, 2023

Commission targets global health security

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The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is working to determine the best method of crafting a 10-year global health security vision to protect national interests, according to a recent CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security meeting.

CSIS’s health security commission was launched in April 2018 and seeks to establish in 2019 a decade plan for building critical capacities at home and abroad, investing strategically in technological best bets, and dramatically improving the country’s ability to combat outbreaks and deliver critical services in disordered settings.

The Commissioners include six members of Congress — Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Todd Young (R-IN), as well as Reps. Ami Bera (D-CA), Susan Brooks (R-IN), Tom Cole (R-OK) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) — as well as leaders from past administrations, industry, foundations, universities and nongovernmental organizations.

“Now is the time to refresh our concept of health security – to focus on building resilience and take full account of how much the world is changing: the rapid technological innovations, the demographic shifts, the widening disorder we see across the world, the impacts of climate change, and the shifting geopolitical realities,” Julie Gerberding, executive vice president and Chief Patient Officer at Merck & Co., said. “The CSIS Commission is leading this charge.”

Officials said Commission projects on the immediate horizon include a new video commentary on health security in North Korea which will be released later this month and the release of papers on the U.S. military’s role in health security and U.S. policy options for improved biosafety.