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Few Nations Have Undergone External Evaluations Assessing Disease Outbreak Preparedness, Report Shows

New York Times: Only Six Nations Have Evaluated Readiness for Global Pandemic
“…Just three wealthy countries — Finland, Saudi Arabia, and the United States — have gone through two external evaluations of their readiness to face pandemics, one for human diseases and one for animal outbreaks, the study found. As of last April, only three poor countries — Eritrea, Pakistan, and Tanzania — had undergone both evaluations and had described how they planned to find the money to rectify their weaknesses. The unusually concise and crisp report, ‘From Panic and Neglect to Investing in Health Security,’ was written by experts from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the African and Asian development banks, and finance officials from various governments…” (McNeil, 7/31).

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