No Country Fully Prepared For Large Disease Outbreaks, Global Health Security Index Shows

Homeland Preparedness News: Few countries prepared for global disease outbreaks
“Countries are not prepared for the possible international spread of new or emerging pathogens or for the deliberate or accidental release of dangerous agents, according to a new index that assesses the capabilities of 195 nations. The Global Health Security Index is a joint project by the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, with research by The Economist Intelligence Unit…” (Adrien, 10/25).

Newsweek: Not A Single Country On Earth Is Properly Prepared For A Disease Epidemic, First-Of-Its-Kind Global Study Reveals
“…The level of unpreparedness is highlighted by the fact that the average overall score for countries rated in the index was about 40 on a scale which went up to 100 (meaning fully prepared.) And even among the 60 highest-income nations, the average score was still only around 52. … Researchers assessed countries in the index across a variety of factors based on data from international bodies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO,) the World Organisation for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Bank…” (Georgiou, 10/25).

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