Pandemics With Zoonotic Origins

The Council on Foreign Relations Global Health Program released a workshop background paper on “Preventing and Preparing for Pandemics With Zoonotic Origins,” as part of the Project on the Future of Global Health Security.

Every viral pandemic since 1900 […] has been the result of the “spillover” of viruses from animals into humans. On this basis, it is reasonable to expect that the next pandemic will also have zoonotic origins.

The authors call upon organizations such as World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO) to continue in their efforts to research and prevent pandemics with zoonotic origins, “before the world’s collective attention moves on to the next crisis.” Their recommendation is for investments to be made in at least six areas: the enhancement of public health surveillance and data integration, improvement of diagnostic technologies, development of new vaccines and therapeutics, recruitment and job security for public health workers, fortification of primary care systems, and the expansion of access to accurate information in crisis communication.

For more information, check out HSDL’s In Focus topic on Pandemics and Epidemics.

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