Growing Threat Of Global Pandemics Addressed In Scowcroft Institute White Paper
When examining epidemics or pandemics like the 2014 Ebola outbreak, senior policy analysts at Texas A&M University say they are able to pinpoint breakdowns in the system that have catastrophic consequences if left uncorrected. These include response delays that allow outbreaks to become an international public health and humanitarian crisis, the ineffectiveness of the World Health Organization, a lack of institutional capacity in disease hot spots, the reemergence of vaccine-preventable diseases due to anti-vaccine activists, gaps in health screening, and a lack of unifying biosecurity leadership in the United States.
A new white paper by the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service examines pandemic response gaps and proposes solutions to strengthen preparedness.
“Emerging infectious diseases with pandemic potential are one the greatest threats to our national security,” said Gerald W Parker, senior fellow in the Scowcroft Institute. “We find ourselves in a war against microbes, and our defense must include unifying leadership and investments in global health security to prevent outbreaks from becoming pandemics.