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World Bank Report, Expert Panel Discuss Global Pandemic Preparedness, Provide Recommendations

Business Insider: Disease experts reveal their biggest worries about the next pandemic
“…Five disease experts recently convened at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to discuss the threat of pandemics. … ‘The pandemic of greatest concern is the pandemic of poverty,’ said Don Weiss, a medical epidemiologist with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, during the discussion. Each expert also explained their biggest worry about the next pandemic. Here are their concerns…” (Loria, 5/25).

CIDRAP News: World Bank says most nations not ready for pandemic
“A working group set up by the World Bank to take stock of the world’s pandemic readiness said most countries aren’t adequately prepared and that the world isn’t doing enough to finance recommended steps. … The 131-page report said many countries chronically underinvest in critical public health tasks that help with early identification and containment of infectious diseases: surveillance, diagnostic labs, and emergency operations centers. It also spells out 12 recommendations to ensure adequate financial support and infrastructure…” (Schnirring, 5/25).

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