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On November 13th the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) put together a forum of experts to talk about our readiness for the next pandemic, and the current threats of H7N9 and MERS-CoV. The video of this hour-long presentation has been uploaded.
New cases of the life-threatening MERS coronavirus in the Middle East and the H7N9 bird flu virus in China have prompted questions about the world’s readiness to confront potential resulting pandemics. This Forum event examined risks associated with these particular viruses, vaccine technologies to combat them, strategies to track them, global preparedness plans and lessons learned from past deadly outbreaks such as SARS and H1N1.
With discussants David Nabarro, MD and Eric K. Noji, MD. The panel is moderated by Heather L. Burns.
Aspen Ideas Festival
July 7, 2008
Heather Burns, a Senior Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton, leads the firm's healthcare business. She brings more than 25 years of experience to projects that include the design of drug safety programs for major pharmaceutical manufacturers, post-merger integration of the world's largest healthcare companies, and a 30-year study of environmental influences on children's health.
Dr. David Nabarro, works as the Senior UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza at United Nations Headquarters in New York. He has been seconded to this position from the World Health Organization.
Dr Eric K. Noji, MD, MPH, a recently retired CDC medical officer has provided extensive domestic and international service responding to natural, toxicological, industrial, and other technological disasters, terrorism, violent civil conflict and wars, and other humanitarian crises.