New Analysis: Biological Risks Must Be Among Top Security Priorities

In a new article published in Health Security, NTI senior director for global biological policy and programs Beth Cameron underscores the importance of preparing for catastrophic biological threats.

“While the world continues to receive wake-up calls – including recent outbreaks of pandemic influenza, MERS, Ebola, and Zika – two things are increasingly apparent,” Cameron said. “First, society is changing in ways that are likely to make a rapidly spreading biological agent even more deadly and destabilizing.  Second, the world is largely unprepared for a fast-spreading, highly lethal, politically destabilizing biological event.”

The article is in response to a new framework published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security that aims to advance scientific dialogue about potential global catastrophic biological risks (GCBRs).

Read the full article and find other responses to the framework here.

August 8, 2017
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Beth Cameron underscores the importance of preparing for catastrophic biological threats in new analysis published in Health Security.

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Vice President, Global Biological Policy and Programs