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Global Health, Emergency Response Organizations Must Prioritize ‘Interoperability,’ Communication To Prepare For Future Pandemics

Forbes: Solving And Leading On Global Pandemics: Part Of The Commander In Chief Test
Daniel Runde, William Schreyer chair and director of the Project on U.S. Leadership and Development at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

“…While the immediate risk of an Ebola pandemic may have passed, the chance of a global pandemic is increasing as new diseases emerge. … The WHO issued a review of its response to Ebola, concluding that the world is unprepared to handle a severe influenza pandemic or any ‘similarly global, sustained, and threatening public-health emergency.’ In order to overcome this unpreparedness, the WHO and other global health and emergency response organizations must prioritize interoperability and communication. Decisions in reaction to a global pandemic must happen quickly. … In order to be prepared for future pandemics, we are going to have to consider and plan for scenarios that are ‘too terrible to consider'”(9/24).

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