New Global Fund Executive Director Likely To Emphasize ‘Economic Aspects Of Infectious Disease Threats’

The Lancet: Offline: Who is Peter Sands?
Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet

“…[W]ho is Peter Sands? … For several years he has built a reputation as a thoughtful advocate for greater attention to the economic costs of infectious diseases. … As a former banker, he speaks directly — and with considerable credibility — to the business community about the economic impact of unexpected infectious disease shocks. … Sands acknowledged that he ‘might appear at first glance an unconventional candidate.’ But that very unconventionality is his greatest strength. … Sands looks likely to re-engineer the Global Fund to take more seriously the economic aspects of infectious disease threats. In an email to The Lancet last week, Sands stressed that, ‘one of the things I want to do at the GF is strengthen the economic arguments.’ In the wake of SARS, MERS, Ebola, and Zika, his refreshing new vision comes not a moment too soon” (11/25).

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