At the conclusion of the exercise, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security presented six strategic policy goals needing commitment from the United States to prevent or reduce the worst possible outcomes in future pandemics.
The Global Health Security Agenda’s Joint External Evaluation (JEE) is used as an evaluation tool to help countries assess their preparedness capacity for pandemics. Of the 27 countries with completed JEEs, only two have used the results generated to develop costed plans.
This report establishes a framework for identifying naturally occurring microorganisms that pose a global catastrophic biological risk, and makes recommendations for improving preparedness efforts.
The first and primary finding of the report outlines common characteristics of a potential a global catastrophic biological risk-level pandemic pathogen.
During the Clade X tabletop exercise, former high-ranking US government officials and a current United States congresswoman will act as a team of advisors who must engage in several National Security Council meetings to resolve real-world policy issues when they learn a pandemic has struck.
It is estimated that there are 1.67 million undiscovered viruses among the 25 virus families that either have been shown to infect people or seem likely too.
There are challenges that must be overcome to ensure adequate preparedness for future Ebola outbreaks, including completing the remaining advanced development activities necessary for regulatory approval and subsequent stockpiling of medical countermeasures for use during a public health emergency.
The vast array of potential threats, and the rare odds that a particular virus becomes a pandemic, make the task of epidemiological surveillance difficult.
Hand, foot and mouth disease is a major public health issue in Asia and has global pandemic potential.
The Global Health Security Initiatives’ ministerial meeting focused on the need to have a common approach to evidence based, non-pharmaceutical interventions to slow the spread of influenza and on how best to communicate uncertainty and address public risk perception during a public health emergency.