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About 1.7 million people—mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa—were newly infected with HIV in 2019. The region has experienced significant population growth, including among youth, who are more vulnerable to acquiring HIV infections.
Operation Warp Speed was a federal effort that supported multiple COVID-19 vaccine candidates to speed up development.
We analyzed the program's vaccine candidates and found that their development followed traditional practices, with some adaptations.
We make more than 1,000 recommendations annually to help improve government. We alert department heads to the recommendations that can save the most money, address issues on our High Risk List, or significantly improve their operations.
Every year in the U.S., hundreds of women die of complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Mortality varies by race/ethnic group. For example, non-Hispanic black women are more than 3 times as likely to die as non-Hispanic white women, according to the CDC.
Drug misuse—using illicit drugs or misusing prescription drugs—is a serious public health issue in the United States. National rates of drug misuse rose from 15% in 2003 to 19% in 2018.
We are adding drug misuse to our High Risk List in 2021 to encourage progress.
Biological threats can be manmade biological weapons, naturally occurring diseases such as novel coronavirus COVID-19, and more.
The National Biodefense Strategy, issued in 2018 along with implementation guidance, spells out the nation’s plan to address these threats.
Biological threats range from naturally occurring diseases to deliberately created biological weapons. The National Biodefense Strategy, issued in 2018 along with guidance on how to implement it, spells out the nation’s plan to address these threats.