Catastrophic epidemics can be stopped with seven sets of concrete actions.
A combination of social, economic, and environmental factors is accelerating the emergence and spread of novel viruses and new epidemics.
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Infectious-disease bioterror threats rank second only to nuclear devices in their potential to inflict mass causalities.
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The direct effect of epidemics, combined with aversion behavior, drives a cascade of sometimes devastating and lasting healthcare social, economic, and business impacts.
Resilient national health systems based on universal health coverage are the foundation for national and global health security.
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By investing an extra $1 per year for every person on the planet ($7.5 billion annually) we can make the world substantially safer from pandemic threats
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Large scale social change and impact requires the right people, a persuasive case, tangible goals, and strategies for action.
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