“Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday that the agency is launching a new organization to focus on disease forecasting.”
“The Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics will be a hub for research and innovation aimed at mitigating the effects of future disease threats. Its launch comes as the federal government continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic and now the rapidly spreading Delta variant. It will build on current modeling efforts at the agency.”
“’This is an amazing opportunity for CDC and public health as we stand up the country’s first governmentwide public health forecasting center,’ said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in a statement. ‘We are excited to have the expertise and ability to model and forecast public health concerns and share information in real time to activate governmental, private sector and public actions in anticipation of threats both domestically and abroad.'”
“The center’s initial funding will come from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan enacted in March for coronavirus relief…” Read the full article here.
Source: CDC Launches New Disease Forecasting Center – By Courtney Bublé, August 18, 2021. Government Executive.