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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Affirming HHS’s Commitment to Global Health Security

On December 7, 2012, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Nicole Lurie reaffirmed the Department of Health and Human Services’ commitment to advancing global health security at the 13th Ministerial Meeting of the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI) in Berlin Germany.

 “We do not know what will cause the next public health emergency, whether a natural disease outbreak or disaster or the intentional release of chemical, biological or radiological agents; but we do know for sure that international collaboration is critical to strengthening our individual and collective preparedness and response plans” said Dr. Lurie. 

At this year’s Ministerial Meeting representatives from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the United States, European Commission, and World Health Organization discussed the human and economic costs of emergencies; supported WHO efforts to address concerns surrounding dual-use life sciences research; and committed to identifying and addressing barriers to international sharing of medical countermeasures during a public health emergency.
To learn more, see the GHSI 13th Ministerial Meeting Communiqué

  • This page last reviewed: January 03, 2013