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Back to School 2020

Covert disease surveillance capacity needed to detect future pandemics, says Gottlieb: a BioCentury audio interview

Gottlieb outlines what pandemic preparedness should look like after COVID-19 

Former FDA head Scott Gottlieb outlines what pandemic preparedness should look like in the wake of COVID-19.

Sep 7, 2020 | 11:14 PM GMT

The U.S. must treat the threat of future pandemics as a national security issue, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told BioCentury.

In a Back to School audio interview, Gottlieb called for intensified pandemic planning, government investments to pay for industry to create surge capacity for diagnostic testing and medical product manufacturing,  and the creation of better capabilities to detect and analyze infectious disease outbreaks. The latter, he said, should include covert methods to detect outbreaks in other countries, given the challenges he anticipates in relying on international cooperation among public health authorities.

The conversation was one of a series of interviews with key industry leaders for BioCentury’s 2020 Back to School package (see Cover Story:  “The Imperative of COVID-19”). 

The imposition of travel restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a step that hasn’t been taken in  previous outbreaks, will lead to reduced international collaboration on disease surveillance

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