Are we ready to prevent a global biological catastrophe? NTI | bio is asking U.S. and international decision makers this tough question in a new interactive infographic that explores the vulnerabilities that exist in any country, examines global risk factors, and highlights the potentially staggering consequences of a biological event.
The data-driven interactive illustrates the devastating impact of a deliberate biological event and shows that most countries are unprepared to prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats – whether they are naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental.
“We launched this page to raise awareness of global catastrophic biological risks among policymakers, practitioners, and the public,” says Dr. Elizabeth Cameron, NTI Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs. “Countries need to improve national preparedness and biosecurity capability – especially systems to reduce the likelihood for deliberate or accidental release of a biological agents. It is not a matter of whether the next pandemic will occur, it is a matter of when. The time for action is now.”
The full interactive can be found on TimeIsNow.nti.org.