Program Officer, Global Biological Policy and Programs
On May 22, NTI experts Beth Cameron and Michelle Nalabandian
joined government officials and experts from around the world in
Geneva at the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA), where NTI
a side event on preventing future high-consequence biological events.
The breakfast event, “Ebola, Pandemics, and Biological
Weapons,” was held in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health
Security, the Georgetown University
Center for Global Health Science and Security, and the Future of Humanity Institute. It brought
together global experts for a complex and provocative discussion on the
following three scenarios that demonstrate the increasing risk of a
high-consequence biological event:
The panel speakers included:
Panelists spoke candidly about their national, regional, and
global perspectives on these scenarios, as well as recommendations for ways to
prevent and deter catastrophic biological risks, including deliberate events,
of the future.
Learn more about the work of NTI’s Global Biological Policy
and Programs team here.
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Dr. Jaime Yassif will join the NTI | bio team as a Senior Fellow to implement new projects funded by this grant.
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