Warren releases plan for preventing, containing infectious diseases

Warren releases plan for preventing, containing infectious diseases
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Schiff presses intel chief on staff changes | Warren offers plan to secure elections | Twitter's Jack Dorsey to donate B to coronavirus fight | WhatsApp takes steps to counter virus misinformation Warren releases plan to secure elections during coronavirus pandemic On The Money: Trump officials struggle to get relief loans out the door | Dow soars more than 1600 points | Kudlow says officials 'looking at' offering coronavirus bonds MORE (D-Mass.), a 2020 White House hopeful, vowed on Tuesday to increase funding for public health programs in response to the coronavirus in China. 

Warren's plan would fully fund the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its pandemic prevention and response programs. 

She would also increase funding for grants that help state and local health departments prepare for outbreaks and other public health issues. 

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Her announcement comes as more than 4,500 cases have been confirmed in China, and five people have tested positive for the illness in the U.S. The CDC is also monitoring 73 possible cases. 

Experts note that public health funding has been lagging for years, putting the U.S. at risk for an epidemic. 

"Diseases like Ebola virus, Zika virus and most recently, coronavirus demonstrate the real threat that outbreaks pose to our health and security," Warren's campaign wrote in her plan. 

"The United States can be a leader in combatting these problems. But to do so, we must invest at home to ensure our public health agencies, hospitals, and health care providers are ready to jump into action when outbreaks strike."

Warren's campaign argues that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE has deprioritized global health security, pointing to his administration's decision to eliminate a White House position that focused solely on the issue. 

If elected president, Warren would also increase funding for global health security to prevent outbreaks before they start in other countries. 

"Diseases like coronavirus remind us why we need robust international institutions, strong investments in public health, and a government that is prepared to jump into action at a moment's notice," her plan reads.