Is the Bird Flu Threat Still Real and Are We Prepared?

Bruce Gellin Director, National Vaccine Program Office, Office of Public Health and Science, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Michael T. Osterholm Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy; Professor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota; Author, “Unprepared for a Pandemic” (Foreign Affairs, March/April 2007)
Laurie Garrett Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

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