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Disease Research Must ‘Get Smarter And More Nimble’ To Counter Outbreaks

The Guardian: Diseases spread in weeks. Epidemic research takes years. This must change.
Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust

“…We have become better at identifying the start of epidemics, observing their passage, measuring their impact, charting their spread and counting the bodies. But too often we’ve left it at that, as if improved surveillance can do the job alone. We have to do better. We need to move towards better treatment and understanding of what to do when the alarm is raised. … We need research to get smarter and more nimble…” (6/10).

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