Head of Global Health Security Ousted from White House

The position was eliminated the same week a new Ebola outbreak was declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

By Shawna Williams | May 10, 2018

Tim ZiemerWIKIMEDIA, CDC GLOBALTim Ziemer, a member of the White House’s National Security Council (NSC) who was in charge of global health security, abruptly left his post on Tuesday (May 8), the Huffington Post reports. An NSC spokesperson tells the publication that the change reflected a reorganization, and that Ziemer departed “on the warmest of terms.”

“It is unclear in his absence who at the White House would be in charge of a pandemic,” Beth Cameron of the Nuclear Threat Initiative tells the Huffington Post, calling it “a situation that should be immediately rectified.” Cameron was a senior director for global health security and biodefense on the previous administration’s NSC staff.

See “CDC to Drastically Cut Efforts to Prevent Global Disease Outbreaks

The departure occured the same day that the World Health Organization announced a new outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During a 2014–2015 outbreak of the virus that killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa, the US Congress had set aside funds to combat the epidemic; in another announcement made Tuesday, the White House proposed that Congress take back $252 million of that allocation.

Ron Klain, the former “Ebola czar” who coordinated the response of President Barack Obama’s administration to the earlier outbreak, tells The Atlantic that “having some money left over was intentional,” as it allows the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to move quickly to try to contain future disease events. He adds that “if Congress accepts Trump’s proposal, USAID will have no funding for a response when the next crisis comes, and it will have to wait until Congress passes new funding, or diverts funds from some other, then-existing disaster response. . . . It is crazily short-sighted to do this.”

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May 11, 2018

252 million dollars is too much to let stand in an account.  Money is needed practically everywhere, military, social services, border security, pay to government employees, government funded research, and also for tax cuts.

Reducing borrowing also stabilizes the money supply.

It's not likely there will be money left setting in accounts.

 

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May 11, 2018

Ah the Obama's Ebola czar! Is that clown the same one let people from African countries having an Ebola epidemy to come to the US? If I recall well, one Ebola fellow infected several nurses in Dallas, TX, because Obama did not believe in quarantine, since it was not PC. The only current pandemic is the one of idiocy affecting the so called liberal minds, but, being an old liberal, I recognize them as fakes. The real pandemic affecting Africa, is corruption, I know better, since in the past I had the misfortune of dealing with that plague, it makes Ebola looks like a case of a bad cold. You fellows at The Scientist think harder about gloom and doom news that are a result of the Republicans. Here are some, the current eruption in Hawaii, the possible explosion of the supervolcano in Yellowstone Park, the Moon hitting Earth, gravity disappearing, i.e. the possibilities are endless, especially for simple minds.

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