That threat widened rapidly over the course of this past week. Dozens of health workers in Dallas remain under some form of quarantine or very close monitoring. Contact tracing revealed 300 persons who had possibly come in contact with Vinson during her Columbus Day weekend travel from Dallas to Cleveland and back. Schools were subsequently shuttered in Ohio and Texas.
A smart, strategic, long-term global health policy will advance America's core interests, build on remarkable recent successes, make better use of the influence and special capabilities of the United States, motivate others to do more, and create lasting collaborations that could save and lift the lives of millions worldwide.