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Outbreak Science Initiative
Caitlin Rivers
Date posted:
April 13, 2018
Publication type:
White paper
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Every few years, a new pathogen emerges from the shadows to threaten global public health. And every few years, the global public health community struggles to mount a timely and effective response. The incremental advances that have defined public health in the last half century have been repeatedly outpaced by fast-moving epidemics. From HIV to Ebola, most innovations in preventing and containing outbreaks have come from medical countermeasures like vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics rather than advancements in epidemiological practice.