Opinion: Rabies will continue to take lives without stronger human-animal health policies

Better integration across veterinary and human medicine under the umbrella of One Health can finally rid the world of one of its oldest, most traumatic lethal diseases.

The Covid-19 pandemic set back many of the global health goals for 2030. One of the most feasible to recover is the target of eliminating human deaths from rabies, thanks to an effective, inexpensive vaccine for dogs.

Yet this ambition, backed by the United Nations, is in jeopardy because public health budgets for controlling the disease are often directed toward treatment for people exposed to it, even though the greatest public health risk comes from infected dogs.

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