Caricom to launch new health agency in Trinidad

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Associated Press

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 20 at 10:36 AM

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A Caribbean trade bloc says it has merged five different health research agencies into a single office that has already attracted nearly $10 million in aid.

Caricom spokeswoman Myrna Bernard says the Caribbean Public Health Agency will be based in Trinidad and start operating next year. She said Thursday that the agency has received $5 million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $2 million from the European Union and $2.5 million from Canada's government to establish a bio-safety laboratory.

Caricom's 15 member states also are expected to make annual contributions to the agency's budget.

Trinidadian doctor Carl Hospedales has been appointed the agency's new executive director.

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