The Threat of Global Pandemics

Thursday, June 16, 2005
Laurie Garrett

Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

Anthony S. Fauci

Director, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Michael Osterholm

Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota; Associate Director, National Center for Food Protection, Department of Homeland Security; Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Rita Colwell

Chair, Royal Institution World Science Assembly's Pandemic Preparedness Project

James F. Hoge Jr.

Peter G. Peterson Chair, Editor, Foreign Affairs

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.

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