NSC – Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense
White House

Elizabeth Cameron

Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense

Serves on the White House National Security Council (NSC).

Elizabeth Cameron is the Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense on the White House National Security Council (NSC) staff for the Biden Administration.

Cameron was the Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs.  She previously served as the senior director for global health security and biodefense on the NSC, where she was instrumental in developing and launching the Global Health Security Agenda and addressed threats surrounding biosecurity and biosafety, biodefense, emerging infectious disease threats, biological select agents and toxins, dual‐use research, and bioterrorism.

Past statements on development, diplomacy, and U.S. global leadership:

On global health security. Cameron said of the Ebola outbreak, “As a result of U.S. leadership, we made a historic, $1 billion investment to advance the Global Health Security Agenda, which spurred the G-7 Leaders to make a collective commitment to assist 76 countries and regions. Focusing on a longer-term issue in the middle of an immediate crisis is always challenging, but it’s vital in order to get out in front and prevent future tragedy.” (Source)

On equitable vaccine distribution: Cameron said, “the vaccine has to be equitably distributed and people have to be vaccinated all over the planet. And I think that’s going to be something we need to spend a lot of time preparing for and really working with our partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, all over the world to do that now.” (source)

On Covid-19 in Africa. In a May 2020 interview, Cameron said, “I think the most important thing from a global health security professional perspective is that we get ahead of this as much as we can in Africa. I would really like to see the United States partnering closely with our partners in Africa and the African Union to get more diagnostic test kits, not only here, but there so that we have a better sense of what’s going on. And then of course in order to save lives all around the world.” (source)

On public health and the economy. Cameron said, “what we should be doing is recognizing that public health and our economy right now are inextricably linked. So, everything that we do for our public health ultimately is better for the economy.” (source)

On biodefense. Cameron has said, “biological materials are much more readily available than nuclear materials, and access to biological technology is increasing… As the technologies become more and more pervasive, they may also become more attractive to groups that seek to misuse biotechnology. Looking at the increased use of chemical weapons, we want to prevent this from happening with biological agents. At the same time, we need to pay consistent attention to emerging infectious disease threats… In every event, our goal is to avert catastrophic biological events and save lives.” (Source)