German Chancellor Merkel, WHO DG Tedros, Global Fund Chief Sands Speak At World Health Summit On Global Health Security, Data Procurement
The Guardian: Merkel calls for international unity in the face of global health threats
“Angela Merkel has urged countries to work together in the fight against global health threats, warning that disease and epidemics are security risks that do not respect national borders. Addressing international health experts in Berlin [at a joint meeting held by the World Health Summit and Grand Challenges], the German chancellor acknowledged that global cooperation was under pressure, but said nations cannot ignore health challenges. … ‘God forbid, if we have a very potent airborne disease, it could be influenza,’ [Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization,] told delegates. ‘We are not ready. We are as strong as our weakest link, and there is a lot of vulnerability. If there is no health security it can trigger political, economic and social upheaval on a global scale’…” (Ratcliffe, 10/17).
The Telegraph: What global health experts could learn from bankers
“Bankers may not be held in the highest regard but they could teach the global health world a thing or two about speedy data collection. Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, told a briefing of journalists at the World Health Summit in Berlin, that efforts to control malaria were being hampered by the slow pace at which information on the disease was made available. He said that if he could get quarterly information on the number and location of malaria cases around the world, the fund could double its impact…” (Gulland, 10/17).