CDC Announces Jan. 16 Briefing on Nuclear Attack Response

announced a Jan. 16 briefing on “the public health response” to a nuclear attack — an event coming amid tensions between the United States and North Korea.

“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results, and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps,” the CDC notice states. “Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness.”

Presenters include Dan Sosin, CDC’s deputy director and chief medical officer in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, and experts on radiation safety and environmental hazards, according to the announcement.

Politico — which first flagged the event — reported the CDC did not respond to its question about any link to North Korea’s nuclear program and U.S. pressure to end the buildup.