Pathogens Without Borders

In conflict zones the trinity of prevention, detection and response to epidemics has collapsed to devastating effect.
 
20 countries are at high risk for pandemics, but frameworks encouraging countries to unite against them aren’t rigorous, Paul Wise and Michele Barry argue in the latest issue of Daedalus.
 
Syria’s civil war has seen the first polio cases since 1999, due to a bungled response from the regional WHO and politically motivated withholding of vaccines. Early stages of epidemics like SARS were willfully underreported for fear of economic implications.
 
Writ large, politicizing epidemics will have a global impact, says Barry: “Pathogens know no borders.”
 
Stanford University

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