The world’s next pandemic is “a matter of when, not if.” To build a better-coordinated response that minimizes impact, leaders should craft operational, strategic and policy choices informed by lessons learned from the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak.
CDG fellow Jeremy Konyndyk’s proposes solutions to 4 major challenges, including:
- Operationalize US/UN response: Establish trigger indicators and maintain emergency funds.
- Address travel restrictions: Minimize disruption and expect/manage political risk.
- Define military involvement: Avoid militarized responses while still leveraging appropriate expertise and resources.
- Coordinate complex global partnerships: Involve diverse offices to apply lessons from other outbreaks to response planning.