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News about the coronavirus that recently spread from Wuhan, China, has increasingly made headlines and filled news segments, yet epidemiologists and infectious disease experts are cautioning the public against panicking. “We don’t have evidence yet to suggest this…

Concerns raised about possible Ebola cases in Tanzania

After unofficial reports about several suspected Ebola cases in Tanzania, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a statement rebuking the African nation for not providing more detailed information. A September 22, 2019 article in Al Jazeera noted that…

World Bank’s pandemic bonds proving problematic

A World Bank financing mechanism that was intended to help provide rapid funding to fight major disease outbreaks has often been slow in fulfilling that goal, according to news reports. So-called “pandemic bonds” were created in the wake…

Is publishing unvetted clinical research a good idea?

A new website has been launched that enables clinicians to share their research results before peer review, with the goal of speeding up scientific discovery. According to a June 6, 2019 article in Nature, some experts are concerned…

Q&A: Pandemic Unpreparedness

The world must better prepare for the next inevitable microbial threat, whether expanding drug resistance, a new strain of influenza, or another infection like AIDS, Ebola, Zika, or SARS.