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"Censorship . . . threatens to disrupt a prime goal of government: protecting public safety," the groups write.
Public health groups leaders see a strong leader and ally, but worry over looming CDC budget challenges.
The plan includes a $2.8 billion boost to HHS but cuts to global health.
Federal funds are poised to take another hit with President Trump's proposed budget.
The budget supports earlier commitment to Gavi vaccine initiatives but dials back funds for other global health efforts.
Besides leading smallpox eradication, Henderson is also known for his role in shaping public health education and for instilling passion for solving infectious disease problems.
Highlights include funds for antibiotic resistance, bioterrorism preparedness, and a unified food safety agency.
Officials offer few details on what exaclty the 30-nation "Global Health Security Agenda" involves.
Response to seasonal flu, H7N9, MERS, and other threats could be markedly diminished.
HHS awarded $916 million in emergency preparedness grants, down $55 million from last year.
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