Dr. Mitch Wolfe: CDC regional offices are inextricably linked to security.

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Dr. Mitch Wolfe, former CDC Chief Medical Officer, explains the genesis of CDC’s vision for six regional offices as a “long-term permanent overseas presence” that would expand coverage, deploy senior staff to develop regional strategies, and provide specialized technical expertise. Geopolitical security calculations predominate as CDC gets more involved in politics and policies. Proximity builds networks and knowledge. To succeed, the CDC regional offices will need strong leadership, an aggressive mandate with backing from Washington and Atlanta, and serious sustained funding. Mitch also opines on Rochelle Walensky’s legacy leading CDC and living in London these past months amid the UK’s acute economic and political travails.