Is the Bird Flu the Next Global Pandemic?

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Is the Bird Flu the Next Global Pandemic?

June 14, 2024

Is the Bird Flu the Next Global Pandemic?

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Just a few short years ago, the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the globe, leaving economies in tatters, claiming millions of lives, and fundamentally altering the world as we knew it.
Yet, scarcely after the dust settled from that crisis, virologists are now raising urgent concerns.

The specter of the bird flu looms large as it breaches the species barrier, with an alarming number of cows falling victim, and a recent human transmission case being confirmed.

With a nearly 50% mortality rate according to @Yale Medicine, the bird flu is making global headlines.
In the face of these developments, the question begs: how concerned should we be?
Tune in to the latest episode of @CareTalk, featuring discussions with @David E. Williams and @John Driscoll, alongside guest @Rick Bright, Former Head of the @Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, as they delve into the escalating fears surrounding a potential new pandemic and the tangible threats posed by the bird flu.

(2:14) The last pandemic and sounding the alarm on Covid
(5:41) What is the bird flu?
(10:12) Why should Americans care about the bird flu?
(13:16) Who’s most at risk for contracting the bird flu?
(15:48) How viruses and the bird flu evolve
(17:55) Can we prevent the next pandemic?
(20:44) The dangers of a slow response to bird flu
(23:13) Screening and testing for the bird flu
(25:06) How worried should we be about the bird flu?

CareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy.

Rick A. Bright, PhD, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Pandemic Prevention Institute at The Rockefeller Foundation. With a background in immunology and virology, he has spearheaded the development of numerous drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics. Prior to his current role, Bright held prominent positions such as Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

He has also contributed his expertise as a member of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. In addition, Bright is recognized as a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and serves on the Executive Board of the International Science Reserve.

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