This UN Secretary-General's report, Global Health and Foreign Policy: Strategic Opportunities and Challenges, was released on September 23, 2009. The report "examines the interlinkages between health, poverty alleviation and development, as well as the role of health in the formulation and implementation of foreign policy.
David Fedson, an international expert in flu vaccine policy, says the current distribution system could leave many developing countries without access to vaccines during a flu pandemic. Fedson suggests more attention be given to alternative drug therapies.
Eduardo Gomez writes that as President Obama pushes to pass healthcare reform in the United States, "he would do well to examine the praiseworthy successes -- and the worrying failures -- of a decades-old universal system in the region's second-largest democracy."
CFR's Laurie Garrett says a number of factors delayed the World Health Organization from declaring swine flu a global pandemic, including internal politics and concerns about flaws in the alert system.
Listen to Laurie A. Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, explain the origins of H1N1, the threat it poses, and the actions that should be taken to minimize the pandemic threat of diseases such as the swine flu. Stewart M. Patrick, senior fellow and director of the program on International Institutions and Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations, makes concluding remarks.
This session was part of the CFR conference: The United States and the Future of Global Governance, which was made possible through the generous support of the Robina Foundation.
Explore the global health regime with a new interactive from CFR's program on International Institutions and Global Governance.
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