Listen to Michael T. Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, discuss the threat of swine flu becoming a pandemic and the steps that governments should take to minimize the effects.
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.
The World Health Organization has gained prominence for its success in battling diseases such as polio and malaria, but is challenged by an unwieldy mission and strained resources in a landscape of competing organizations.
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.
Don Oberdorfer, an expert on the two Koreas, says the recent street protests ostensibly against the import of U.S. beef are much more political protests against the new conservative government in Seoul.
In 2014 "mini-meds" or health care policies that feature high deductibles, modest benefits and low annual caps on medical coverage will be banned. Wendell Potter analyzes how many large insurance companies are securing wavers to continue providing the heavily contested, but highly profitable policies.
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