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Future Health Threats Are a Tough Sell in Washington

Researcher with a sample

Researcher with a sample

Photographer: DHIRAJ SINGH/Bloomberg

Hi, it’s Riley, writing to you one last time from New York. Within days, I'll be moving to Washington to cover the intersection of US health, defense and national security, otherwise known as biosecurity. But before we get to that...

As I reported on Operation Warp Speed — the US government’s effort to accelerate vaccines and treatments — beginning two years ago, I was exposed to a network of people focused on preparing for, preventing and responding to biological threats. The mysterious term they threw around was biosecurity. Time and again, I was forced to rethink public health through the lens of national and global security.