World Needs Strengthened Public Health Infrastructure, International Coordinating Agency, Vaccines To Defend Against Future Disease Outbreaks

The Guardian: A global defense system to fight virus threats is urgently needed
Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, and Trevor Mundel, president of the global health division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“…The world needs … systems to protect against epidemic and pandemic diseases. We need a fit body — a basic infrastructure of public health. We need a nerve center for preparedness and response — an international organization to tackle threats. And we need an immune system — vaccines and drugs to prevent and treat disease. Today, all three global systems have such significant weaknesses that they are incapable of delivering an effective response as a whole. … With Ebola fresh in the mind, and Zika very current, world leaders must seize on will and momentum that may not exist again, and deliver this manifesto for health security” (2/27).

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