President Donald J. Trump is Protecting the Homeland and the World from Global Health Security Threats

The Whitehouse has released a Global Health Security Strategy. The Strategy outlines actions the Administration will take to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate.

Exploring Lessons Learned from a Century of Outbreaks: Readiness for 2030: Proceedings of a Workshop (2019)

This publication summarizes two workshops held by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to examine lessons from influenza pandemics and other major outbreaks, understand the extent to which the lessons were learned, and discuss how the lessons could be applied further to ensure that countries are sufficiently ready for future pandemics.

Disease X and other unknowns

On February 26, 2003, Carlo Urbani, an infectious diseases specialist in the World Health Organization's (WHO's) country office in Vietnam, was called to the French Hospital in Hanoi to examine a grievously ill Chinese-American businessman. Johnny Chen had been admitted with severe breathing difficulties shortly after stepping off a flight from Hong Kong and was being nursed in intensive care, where x-rays revealed ominous shadows on his lungs.