Disease Outbreaks Threaten Global Economy, WEF/Harvard Paper Says, As Health, Medicine Experts Join Economists, Leaders In Davos

PTI/Livemint: Pandemics could cause $570 billion annual loss to global economy: WEF
“Global businesses face huge risks from a new era of epidemics and pandemics that may cause an average annual economic loss of $570 billion to the global GDP, posing a threat similar to that from climate change, says a report. In the report on ‘Outbreak Readiness and Business Impact,’ Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF) Friday said the number and kind of infectious disease outbreaks have increased significantly over the past 30 years…” (1/20).

STAT: Top names in health and medicine gather in Davos for World Economic Forum
“Some of the biggest names in science and medicine are in the Swiss ski resort town of Davos this week to rub elbows with world leaders and one-percenters — and talk about the future of health care. The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, which gets underway Tuesday, draws in health, medicine, and biopharma leaders from across the globe…” (Thielking, 1/21).

Xinhua News: New era of epidemics rival climate change in risks to global businesses: WEF
“The World Economic Forum (WEF), along with the Harvard Global Health Institute, released on Friday a white paper detailing why and how businesses should contribute more to manage the threat and impact of infectious disease on societies. … Outbreak Readiness and Business Impact: Protecting Lives and Livelihoods across the Global Economy describes the business risk posed by a new era of epidemics…” (1/18).