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Lessons Learned From Zika, Ebola Epidemics Should Inform Global Pandemic Preparedness

Harvard Business Review: The World Is Completely Unprepared for a Global Pandemic
In this online article, Ranu S. Dhillon, an instructor at Harvard Medical School and a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who served as an adviser to the president of Guinea during the Ebola epidemic; Devabhaktuni Srikrishna, founder of Patient Knowhow who also worked on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea; and David Beier, managing director of Bay City Capital, discuss the potential threat of deadly pandemics and outline “four lessons from the gaps exposed by the Ebola and Zika pandemics. Faster Vaccine Development … Point-of-Care Diagnostics … Greater Global Coordination … Stronger Local Health Systems … Investing in our ability to prevent and contain pandemics through revitalized national and international institutions should be our shared goal. However, if U.S. agencies become less able to respond to pandemics, leading institutions from other nations … would need to step in to fill the void…” (3/15).

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