The CDC's Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics has awarded $262 million in grants to 13 universities to create a national network for disease modeling and response, NBC News reports.
According to a CDC press release, the goal of the Atlantic Coast Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and Analytics (ACCIDDA) is "to provide reliable modeling and response tools for public health agencies to respond to various types of potential outbreaks, like Mpox or COVID-19."
ACCIDDA will be led by Justin Lessler, a professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Kim Powers, a professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
"We want to ensure that, the next time an incident like COVID-19 happens, there are known and trusted sources for modeling and data analysis that can produce relevant and valid projections," Powers says in a statement.
The network's 13 primary recipients are Emory University, Northeastern University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kaiser Permanente Southern California, University of California, San Diego, Clemson University, University of Utah, International Responder Systems, and the University of Texas at Austin.
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