Meeting

Data's Role in Preventing the Next Pandemic

Monday, February 14, 2022
REUTERS/Michaela Rehle
Speaker
Rick A. Bright

Deputy Assistant Secretary and Office Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Presider

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

Over the past fifteen years, global health has been threatened by Ebola epidemics in West Africa, the emergence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the spread of Zika through the Americas,and the 2009 influenza pandemic. The tolls of each event have been exacerbated by inadequate data systems. Ongoing struggles to track the global spread of COVID-19 demonstrate the need to fix problems in existing surveillance for infectious diseases.

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