Public Health Threats and Pandemics

Op-Ed

'Sovereignty' That Risks Global Health

Authors: Richard C. Holbrooke and Laurie Garrett
Washington Post

 

Richard Holbrooke and Laurie Garrett, write about the concept of “viral sovereignty,” an “extremely dangerous idea” that asserts that deadly viruses are the sovereign property of individual nations. Fueled by self-destructive, anti-Western sentiments, this concept is slowly gaining traction and poses a real threat to global health.

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Audio

State and Local Officials Conference Call with Michael T. Osterholm

Speaker: Michael T. Osterholm
Presider: Irina A. Faskianos

Listen to Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and author of the recent Foreign Affairs article, "Unprepared for a Pandemic", discuss the current threat of the pandemic flu as part of CFR's State and Local Officials Conference Call Series.

Learn more about CFR's State and Local Officials Initiative.

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Foreign Affairs Article

Unprepared for a Pandemic

Author: Michael Osterholm

The need to prepare for an influenza pandemic has not yet sunk in, partly because disaster has not yet struck. But that good news could turn into very bad news if it leads to slacking off on necessary preparations today: although no one can predict when or how, a pandemic will occur for sure, and it will have implications far beyond its toll on human health.

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