"GLOBAL ISSUES, LEADERSHIP CHOICES":
The United Nations Environment Program has estimated that a new zoonotic disease (a disease that can jump from animals to humans) is discovered every four months. Following the 2005 bird flu scare, the U.S. created the Predict program to identify new zoonotic diseases and prevent the next pandemic. Over the last 10 years, Predict has "collected over 140,000 biological samples from animals and found over 1,000 new viruses, including a new strain of Ebola. Predict also trained about 5,000 people in 30 African and Asian countries, and has built or strengthened 60 medical research laboratories, mostly in poor countries." The program is now being shut down, to the consternation of many public health officials. www.nytimes.com/2019/10/25/health/predict-usaid-viruses.html
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