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New Web-Based Tool Scores Countries On Disease Outbreak Preparedness

Washington Post: How prepared is the world for the next epidemic? This tool shows most countries are not.
“Public health officials and business leaders like Bill Gates have long warned that the world is not ready for the next pandemic. Now an initiative led by Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [and chief executive of Resolve to Save Lives, part of Vital Strategies], has developed a tool that spotlights gaps in preparedness, and actions that countries and organizations can take to close them. The new website, PreventEpidemics.org, gives an individual score to each country and uses color codes to rank the world by five levels of preparedness…” (Sun, 6/21).

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