Administration News Gayle Smith to lead COVID-19 and global health security at State Department On April 5, Secretary of State Antony Blinken named Gayle E. Smith as Coordinator for Global COVID Response & Health Security at the U.S. State Department. Gayle Smith, currently President and CEO of ONE Campaign, will be on temporary assignment to…

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Congressional News COVID-19 emergency funds progressing through budget reconciliation After passing a budget resolution for fiscal year (FY) 2021, Congress has continued to progress toward passing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief proposal. Authorizing committees in the House have been marking up their individual bills. The House Committee on the Budget plans to mark up the…

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Organized by CSIS Covid-19 Variants: A Cause for Concern? February 1, 2021 RSVP Please join the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security on Monday, February 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST for a timely exchange on the swift global emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants and their impact on both the domestic and global Covid-19 response. Moderated by Peggy Hamburg,…

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Congressional News The Honorable Barbara Lee to serve as House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chair for State and Foreign Operations Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) was announced as House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chair for State and Foreign Operations. Chairwoman Lee has a long history of engaging on global health issues, particularly HIV/AIDS, promoting the Sustainable Development Goals,…

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The following statement—from Global Health Council, supported by The Hunger Project was submitted to the 148th session of the WHO Executive Board on Agenda Item 19.2: WHO reform: involvement of non-State actors in WHO’s governing bodies. We urge the WHO to not re-invent the wheel and to build on the decades of work by the…

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The following statement—from Global Health Council, supported by The Hunger Project was submitted to the 148th session of the WHO Executive Board on Agenda Item 16: Social determinants of health. We urge WHO to take a strong, collaborative approach to address the social determinants of health.  Local government and school systems, traditional and religious leaders,…

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The following statement—from Global Health Council, supported by the Global Health Technologies Coalition and the Infectious Diseases Society of America was submitted to the 148th session of the WHO Executive Board on Agenda Item 12: Immunization Agenda 2030. The Global Health Council, Global Health Technologies Coalition, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America commend the…

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The following statement—from Global Health Council, supported by the Global Health Technologies Coalition and the Infectious Diseases Society of America was submitted to the 148th session of the WHO Executive Board on Agenda Item 9: Antimicrobial resistance. The Global Health Council, Global Health Technologies Coalition, and Infectious Diseases Society of America thank the chair and…

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The following statement—from Global Health Council, supported by the Global Health Technologies Coalition—was delivered at the 148th session of the WHO Executive Board on Agenda Item 8: Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property. The Global Health Council and Global Health Technologies Coalition thank the chair and distinguished delegates…

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