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U.S., World Must Prepare For Future Pandemics, Strengthen Public Health Systems

Washington Post: More pandemics are inevitable, and the U.S. is grossly underprepared
Editorial Board

“…As the world becomes more globalized with the movement of goods and people, as climate change disrupts the environment, and as pathogens move between humans and animals, cocktails of infectious disease will form, spread, and sicken. … The [Commission on Global Health Risk Framework for the Future] insists that pandemic risks must be treated not as distant, unavoidable possibilities but as real national security threats. Just as nations invest in military preparedness, the panel says, so should they confront disease. In fact, this has been long neglected in many places. The panel calls for measures to bolster public health systems in individual countries; creating a rapid-response capability; strengthening the World Health Organization; and funding research and development of new therapies, all for about $4.5 billion a year…” (1/21).

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