2:15 PM ET FEB 12: Embargoed Conference Call

Media Advisory

Embargoed until: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9am ET
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

On Thursday, February 13, the United States will join with more than 25 nations and key international organizations to launch the Global Health Security Agenda, an international effort to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from the threat of infectious disease.

Disease threats can emerge and spread faster and more unpredictably than ever before, whether naturally occurring, deliberate or accidental. The United States will work closely with global partners to strengthen global health security capacity to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats to slow the spread of antimicrobial resistance, establish national biosecurity systems, reduce zoonotic disease transmission, increase routine immunization, establish and strengthen national infectious disease surveillance and laboratory systems, and develop real-time electronic reporting systems and emergency operations centers.

The contents of this call are embargoed until 9:00 AM ET Thursday, February 13. 


Laura Holgate
Senior Director, for Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism and Threat Reduction, National Security Council

Dr. Tom Frieden
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Andrew C. Weber
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs


On-the-record embargoed press conference call regarding the launch of an accelerated Global Health Security Agenda.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 2:15 PM ET


Media: 888-795-0855
Non-Media: 800-369-3118
International: 1-312-470-7405

* Please dial in 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the press conference.

Important Instructions
If you would like to ask a question during the call, press *1 on your touchtone phone. Press *2 to withdraw your question. You may queue up at any time. You will hear a tone to indicate your question is pending.

A transcript of this telebriefing will be available following the briefing at www.cdc.gov/media.

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