Global Health Security: Containing Threats Worldwide
Friday, January 31, 2014 / 9:10 am - 10:05 am
Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company); Chairman, CDC Foundation
Larry Brilliant, President and CEO, Skoll Global Threats Fund
Ali Khan, U.S. Assistant Surgeon General (Ret.); Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, CDC
Anne Schuchat, U.S. Assistant Surgeon General; Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
Today, a health threat anywhere is a threat everywhere. New microbes emerge and spread quickly with international trade and travel. Drug resistance is increasing, and bioterrorism could strike any nation. In all of these scenarios, CDC is America's front line of defense. This panel will explore how the agency does its crucial work and also feature clips from the movie "Contagion," which tracks the course of a devastating global outbreak through the eyes of CDC disease detectives. While the script is fiction, it reflects very real risks. There were 50-100 million deaths worldwide from the 1918 flu pandemic, and new and rapidly changing strains of flu pose a similar threat today. Yet, a future pandemic could do more than devastate our nation's health. It could also jeopardize the bonds that hold our society together and cause lasting economic damage.