A Dangerous Divestment

To its peril, the US has pulled the rug out from under the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), pioneered to assess and control global outbreaks, write Jennifer B. Nuzzo and colleagues from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

US funds will dry up in 2019, with no sign of renewed support.

The 5-year plan takes on challenges from immunization to antimicrobial resistance to zoonotic diseases. The US set the pace for GHSA contributions; its influence encouraged nations to sign on.

$100-200 million annually is needed to avoid a costly shut-down of international operations—and a greater risk of outbreaks.

The JAMA Network (Comment)

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