U.S. Secretary Blinken Reorganizes Global Health Offices To Strengthen Health Security

By Samuel Ouma

Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Dr. John Nkengasong

U.S. Secretary Antony Blinken on Tuesday informed Congress of his intention to inform the Bureau of Global Health Security and Diplomacy to ensure the Department is well-organized to strengthen global health security.

The bureau will also address the growing American security challenges presented by global health crises. It will be headed by Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Dr. John Nkengasong.

It will bring together offices dealing with International Health and Biodefense in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES/IHB),  the functions of the Coordinator for Global COVID-19 Response and Health Security (S/CRHS) and the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (S/GAC), which leads and coordinates the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

“This new structure would allow our health security experts and diplomats to work more effectively together to prevent, detect, and respond to existing and future health threats,” said Secretary Blinken.


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