News & Perspective

Nov 01, 2017

Nov 01, 2017
BSL-3 laboratory

GAO calls for better oversight of high-containment labs

Gaps the GAO identified include instances of agencies overseeing their own labs, a need for more focus on the highest-risk activities, and understaffing.

May 02, 2017

May 02, 2017
US Treasury Department

US budget plan includes support for readiness, research, response

The plan includes a $2.8 billion boost to HHS but cuts to global health.

Mar 17, 2017

Mar 17, 2017

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Mar 17, 2017

Animal antibiotic use
Antibiotic-resistant eye infections
Antibiotic misconceptions
Sexual spread of resistant bacteria
New gram-negative antibiotic
MDRO screening, isolation

Mar 16, 2017

Mar 16, 2017
NIH researcher

Trump's budget cuts 20% of NIH; groups express outrage

The budget supports earlier commitment to Gavi vaccine initiatives but dials back funds for other global health efforts.

Nov 18, 2016

Nov 18, 2016

News Scan for Nov 18, 2016

Saudi MERS cases
Ebola convalescent blood
US bioterror threat
Dutch H1N1v case
Malaria vaccine in Africa

Sep 22, 2016

Sep 22, 2016
Petri dish in lab

GAO finds 11 more breaches at high-security labs

The most common pathogens not properly inactivated were Bacillus anthracis and Francisella tularensis.

Sep 14, 2016

Sep 14, 2016

Flu Scan for Sep 14, 2016

US H5N2 virus comparison
Pandemic vaccine grant

May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016
DNA testing

Highly resistant MCR-1 'superbug' found in US for first time

Human and animal samples tested positive.

May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016

Bioterror Scan for May 11, 2016

CDC biosafety breaches
Rapid anthrax test

Apr 21, 2016

Apr 21, 2016
Biosafety lab

GAO: Many US agencies have gaps in lab safety policies

High-containment labs across the US government, including the CDC, have safety gaps, the GAO says.

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