Ahead Of G7, Foreign Policy 2-Part Series Examines International Response To Ebola Epidemic, Outbreak Preparedness

In a two-part series, Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, writes in Foreign Policy about the international response to the Ebola epidemic and the G7 summit.

Foreign Policy: The Ebola Review, Part I
“The G7 nations will commence their annual summit on June 7 in Germany, and the host, Chancellor Angela Merkel, has put the Ebola epidemic and it implications for global biosecurity at the top of the agenda. Yes, the Islamic State, climate change, economic issues, FIFA, and tens of thousands of immigrants and refugees washing up on the shores of Europe and Asia will be addressed as well, but the concern over the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) performance and the more than 11,000 Ebola deaths is taking center stage at this year’s summit…” (6/6).

Foreign Policy: The Ebola Review, Part II
“…Thinking things through carefully is obviously the key to transforming the WHO into an institution that is fit for the purpose of epidemic control — or, perhaps, to concluding that the Geneva agency cannot carry out the task, forcing creation of a novel institution. Given how full the G7 plate is, and the leaders’ brief two-day summit, it’s hard to believe considerations can be sufficiently weighed to provide an optimistic beginning to true WHO reform. … Please, G7: Prove my skeptical soul wrong, and make biosecurity a reality for all people, living in rich and poor nations, alike” (6/6).