CISET Emerging Infectious Diseases Task Force: PDD/NSTC-7 Annual Report, December 19, 1997   [open pdf - 88KB]

"In June 1996, President Clinton directed the Federal agencies to begin a coordinated national response to the growing threat of infectious diseases, both at home and abroad, through policy directive, PDD/NSTC-7. This Directive calls for action in four key areas: developing a global surveillance and response network; enhancing research and training; engaging our international partners; and strengthening public outreach. To implement this policy, the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on International Science, Engineering and Technology (CISET) formed a Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases, which is co-chaired by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The EID Task Force is composed of nearly two dozen agencies and is comprised of five working groups: 1) Surveillance and Response; 2) Research and Training; 3) Capacity Development; 4) Legislation and Mandates; and 5) Outreach. In addition, an ad hoc Working Group on Bioterrorism has been created to address potential terrorist use of biological agents. Since the release of PDD/NSTC-7, the EID Task Force members have made significant progress in implementing the President's policy. This report summarizes these accomplishments."

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