DoD involvement in the fight against epidemics

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August 10, 2017 News

Major global health issues are a threat to national and international security, which is one reason why the Department of Defense (DoD) has interagency partnerships, including with National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  DoD involvement in the fight against epidemics is extensive, especially in areas affected by the most devastating diseases and the instability that follows.  Collaboration with NIH, CDC, academic institutions and other governments is vital to this ongoing work, which includes training health workers and building capacity in partner nations.  For instance, the U.S. Military HIV Research Program is a leader in HIV acute infection and cure research.  These efforts have been leveraged to fight other threats like Ebola and Zika.  Walter Reed Army Institute of Research moved Zika vaccine from concept to human clinical trials in less than 10 months with the help of its HIV program researchers.  – Sourced from