Harris Opens New CDC Southeast Asia Regional Office

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday this week launched the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Southeast Asia Regional Office in Hanoi, Vietnam, during a ceremony that featured the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. CDC Director, and Deputy Prime Ministers and Health Ministers from 11 countries. According to the CDC, the new regional office strengthens CDC’s ability to meet its mission of protecting Americans and people of the region by responding more rapidly to health threats wherever they occur and building key relationships to address shared health priorities.

The CDC indicates the regional office will increase American engagement and collaboration with Southeast Asian leaders to enhance regional capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases and other emerging health threats. Priorities for the new office including developing the public health workforce, expanding regional public health laboratory training, developing innovating programs to improve health for mobile and migrant populations, ensuring a coordinated response to public health emergencies, and strengthening the early warning system for the detection of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases.

John MacAurthur, M.D., has been named the CDC Southeast Asia Regional Director after serving as the CDC Thailand country director for more than six years. The CDC recently established regional offices in Eastern Europe/Central Asia (Georgia), the Middle East/North Africa (Oman), and South America (Brazil).

The full announcement on the CDC Southeast Asia Regional Office is available here.