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In his latest op-ed for The Hill, Dr. Jonathan Fielding, professor-in-residence of health policy management, shares that the United States needs to increase funding for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services to help those agencies contain the spread of epidemics.
The U.S. was known during the Second World War as the “Arsenal of Democracy,” building enough tanks, planes and ships, not only for our armed forces, but also for Canada, Great Britain, China, the USSR, France and other nations. This was good for our allies — but even better for us because we could fight the war, mostly far from U.S. shores.
For several decades, the U.S. continued its leadership in protecting people at home against diseases. The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) historically had the greatest capacity to intervene globally in epidemics.