FasterCures launches pandemic warning initiative

By The Science Advisory Board staff writers

December 2, 2020 -- FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, has launched an initiative to build a global early warning system to detect and respond to emerging pathogens.

The effort is aimed at developing a framework to monitor, identify, and tract threats that could cause global harm, such as new viral or drug resistant strains. The current pandemic preparedness framework suffers from fragmentation, lack of coordination, limited global collaboration, and little sustained governmental commitment. FasterCures' new program will operate under the guidance of an advisory group.

"This new initiative is an extension of our ongoing COVID-19 response," added Esther Krofah, executive director of FasterCures. "By building a forward-looking, global platform such as this, future threats to health and wellbeing can be identified quickly, and acted upon in a coordinated way."

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