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G7 Leaders Should Invest In Pandemic Response, Commit To Preventing Epidemics

Huffington Post: G7, We Can Prevent Pandemics
Jonathan D. Quick, president of Management Sciences for Health, faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and author

“…The G7 has taken important steps to invest in pandemic response, including reaching out to over 70 countries, offering to help them implement the International Health Regulations (IHR) … But only about 1/3 of the countries in the world currently have the ability to assess, detect, and respond to public health emergencies, leaving massive gaps in our defenses against pathogens. Investing in pandemic response is vital to safeguard people in every nation. … The G7 has endorsed the Global Health Security Agenda, a critical global effort to strengthen public health systems around the world. I invite the G7 to also come on board with the No More Epidemics Campaign … [which] brings together governments, donors, multilateral institutions, civil society, and the business community to ensure everyone is protected from epidemics — including by avoiding them in the first place…” (5/26).