The Threat of Global Pandemics
International health officials are warning that a deadly avian influenza virus may soon spread rapidly, overwhelming unprepared health systems in rich and poor countries alike. As a call to action, the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs includes a special set of articles on the threat of global pandemics. In collaboration with Nature magazine, Foreign Affairs has provided this coverage to assist the efforts of the Royal Institution World Science Assembly.
Following a screening of Contagion, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and CFR's Laurie Garrett discuss public fear caused by health threats such as Anthrax and H1N1.