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Vol. LXVII, No. 15
July 17, 2015
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Chinese Delegation Visits NIH, Tours Bldg. 10

A high-ranking delegation from China visited NIH on June 24 for the signing of a 5-year renewal of a memorandum of understanding on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. The MOU commits both nations to a plan of action to guide cooperation on global health security.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins welcomed the delegation to Bldg. 1, whose Wilson Hall hosted a series of remarks and the MOU signing before the Chinese delegation dropped by Bldg. 10 for a tour of facilities including Dr. Diane Damiano’s movement analysis laboratory.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and Commissioner Minister Li Bin of China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission spoke about the U.S.-China partnership, highlighting responses to global health challenges such as the H7N9 influenza and Ebola outbreaks. Also on hand was Wang Yu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control, who participated in a 3-hour symposium on Ebola, research and other global health matters. NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci described the U.S. research response to the Ebola crisis.

“The U.S. and China were two of the first countries to respond to the recent Ebola outbreak,” noted Jimmy Kolker, HHS assistant secretary for global affairs, who moderated the event in Wilson Hall.

To prepare for future outbreaks, both countries expressed their commitment to the Global Health Security Agenda in building systems to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease threats in support of the International Health Regulations, Kolker added.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell (l) and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (r) welcome (from l) Minister Li Bin and Vice Premier Liu Yandong of China on June 24. The Chinese delegation attended a morning symposium on global health and later toured the Clinical Research Center.

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell (l) and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins (r) welcome (from l) Minister Li Bin and Vice Premier Liu Yandong of China on June 24. The Chinese delegation attended a morning symposium on global health and later toured the Clinical Research Center.

Photos: Ernie Branson

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell Secretary Burwell and Minister Li renew an MOU for the next 5 years on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, committing to a plan of action to guide cooperation on global health security.
Secretary Burwell and Minister Li renew an MOU for the next 5 years on emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, committing to a plan of action to guide cooperation on global health security.
Collins and CC director Dr. John Gallin (r) introduce the Chinese delegation to Bldg. 10.
Collins and CC director Dr. John Gallin (r) introduce the Chinese delegation to Bldg. 10.

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