Political concerns about U.S. support for Israel slowed CDC help for Gaza
Political concerns aboutU.S.support for Israel delayed the deployment ofexperts charged with preventing the spread of infectious disease from Gaza to neighboring regions, according to four health experts,including three who spoke onthe condition of anonymity to share internal discussions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plans to start sending experts to support theWorld Health Organization’s Cairo office next week after nearly threemonths of discussions with the WHO, which seeks to remain neutral in global conflicts and avoid the politicization of health issues. The delay drew consternation within the CDC as outbreaks of disease began to ravage a displaced population, according to internal communications shared with The Washington Post.
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