“The next epidemic," as philanthropist Bill Gates wrote recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, will likely be an airborne agent, far more infectious than Ebola—and the world is utterly unprepared, writes Michael Gerson in an op-ed.
To get to preparedness, he believes, two layers are needed:
- Disease surveillance system in developing countries.
- Emergency response – the ability, on a moment's notice, to provide mass logistics and command-and-control in the midst of chaos—which according to Gerson, only the US military and NATO currently possess.
The Quote: “The next time a politician sneers at ‘foreign aid,’ substitute the words ‘disease surveillance’ and see if his or her statement still makes sense.”
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