Preparing for the next pandemic
For decades, public health experts have warned that we are woefully unprepared for a pandemic. Spotty disease surveillance, insufficient stockpiles of personal protective equipment, a lack of broad-spectrum antiviral drugs -- the list goes on. The SARS, Ebola, and Zika outbreaks of the past 20 years should have been a wake-up call, but instead of rising to the occasion, we hit snooze. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are suffering the consequences.
Guarding Against Pandemics was formed to ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past. We want to invest now in cutting-edge research and technology development so that our public health and scientific infrastructure is prepared to withstand and neutralize future biothreats.