Scowcroft Institute Tackles Pandemic Response

The Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of
Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University has published a white paper outlining priority areas and action items to improve both domestic and international responses to the threat of pandemics.

The Growing Threat of Pandemics: Enhancing Domestic and International Biosecurity” addresses nine problem topics:

  1. Leadership, Collaboration, and Accountability
  2. Restructuring the International System Response
  3. The Anti-vaccine Movement and the Re-emergence of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
  4. Addressing the Link between Animal and Human Health
  5. Implementing a Uniform Health Screening System for the United States
  6. Building and Sustaining Public Health Infrastructure
  7. Decreasing Response Time
  8. Establishing Cultural Competency
  9. Expanding the Role of Universities

The report’s authors call for serious reform of global pandemic response systems that currently focus on reactive processes. Centralized leadership, interagency coordination, and foreign aid for health-related investments are key components of a prepared international system capable of meeting future challenges in biosecurity.

For more information, please explore the extensive resources on biosecurity and pandemic influenza in the HSDL.