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World Health Assembly 2019
Breakfast Side-Event: Ebola, Pandemics, and Biological Weapons

NTI | bio, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security, and the Future of Humanity Institute will co-convene a side event at the 2019 World Health Assembly to discuss preventing high-consequence biological threats of the future. 

Against a backdrop of an increasingly interconnected yet unstable and disordered world, the risk of a pandemic event with catastrophic consequences is increasing. This side event will consider three specific scenarios that demonstrate the increasing risk of a high-consequence biological event:

·        Regional instability fueling a disease outbreak, as with the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo;

·        Gaps in international architecture and response capacity, particularly for deliberate biological events; and

·        Advances in technology that could significantly facilitate the development and use of a high-consequence biological weapon.

Speakers will discuss each scenario and provide their national, regional, and global

perspectives, as well as recommendations for ways to prevent and deter catastrophic

biological risks of the future. 


For any questions, please contact Dr. Beth Cameron, Vice President for Biological Policy and Programs (+1 (202) 296-4810; cameron@nti.org).