Be Prepared: Infectious Diseases Are Here to Stay

Plague, which devastated Europe in the Middle Ages, has now been reported in Colorado. HIV, unknown before the 1980s, has killed almost 40 million people, and in the 21st century, the United States has already been threatened by SARS, H1N1, and MERS. Around the world, the struggle against other infectious diseases continues. We can’t predict where or when the next one will appear, or how devastating it will be, but we know it is coming. How prepared are we? Meanwhile, children in many nations are dying from vaccine-preventable infections and in the United States, measles is on the rise, with 400 cases linked to a single outbreak in 2014. What incentives will stimulate more R&D to curb infectious diseases? How do we prioritize investments in drug development? How do we get more people vaccinated?

Festival: 2015

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