The White House turns a blind eye to bioterrorism

May 24, 2018, 8:00 AM EDT
(Source: Pan American Health Organization PAHO/flickr)
(Source: Pan American Health Organization PAHO/flickr)

The White House has once again chosen to skirt the issues of bioterrorism and disease, as is evident in the move to eliminate the Office of Global Health Security at the National Security Council.

Kenneth W. Bernard, who served as a special assistant for health and security in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, is livid with how both the Republicans and the Democrats have played down the threat of bioterrorism and disease, which have the potential to cross borders, kill people in huge numbers and strike panic in regions, notes The Washington Post.

The Trump administration’s proposed budget slashes allocations to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) $1.2 billion at a time when massive resources need to be put into research and development of influenza vaccine, antimicrobial agents and genetically engineered bioterrorism agents, writes Fortune.