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Pandemic Preparedness, Improved Health Security and Biodefense
January 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm$25 – $30
The United States remains dangerously vulnerable to biological threats whether from natural outbreaks of disease, accidents involving high consequence pathogens, or the actions of terrorists or state actors. The U.S. government’s increased attention to health security has led to the recent release of the National Biodefense Strategy, which is a good step forward. What is this strategy and what role does it play in the international community? How can we improve our national and international health security and biodefense? Join the World Affairs Council and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University for a panel discussion with Andrew Natsios, former USAID Administrator and Director of the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs; Dr. Gerald Parker, Senior Fellow for the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Programs; and Dr. Christine Blackburn, Assistant Research Scientist at Texas A&M University on pandemic preparedness, biodefense, and why increased emphasis on international health security is essential to prevent an outbreak anywhere from becoming a major epidemic or pandemic.
Lunch will be provided.
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