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NTI | bio Focuses on High-Consequence, Deliberate, and Global Catastrophic Biological Risks During World Health Assembly Side Event

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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
co-organized
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:

  • Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director
    General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control;
  • Dr. Chris Elias, President of the
    Global Development Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • Dr. Sylvie Briand, Director of
    Pandemic & Epidemic Diseases Department, World Health Organization;
  • Dr. Tim Evans, Senior Director,
    Health, Nutrition & Population, World Bank Group;
  • Dr. Beth Cameron, Vice President,
    Global Biological Policy and Programs, NTI; and
  • Dr. Nancy Connell, Senior Scholar,
    Visiting Professor, Johns Hopkins Center for Health (moderator).

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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