More than 60 attendees gathered at Oliver Wyman’s breakfast briefing early Wednesday morning in Davos, Switzerland, during the World Economic Forum annual meeting. Panel participants, as pictured left to right below, included International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Secretary General Elhadj As Sy, Johnson & Johnson Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels, Gapminder Co-founder Hans Rosling, Oliver Wyman’s Suresh Kumar, UN Special Envoy on Ebola David Nabarro, and Gavi CEO Seth Berkley. Learn more about their work here.
From USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah:
Best wishes to the panel and the extraordinary leaders from around the world gathered at this event. Your continued leadership will help ensure that we win in the fight against Ebola.
From the UK Prime Minister’s Office:
This event ‘Responding to Ebola’ fully reflects the priority the UK attaches to fighting Ebola and global health security, which the Prime Minister set out in his recent visit to Washington. Through our action in Sierra Leone, the US action in Liberia, France in Guinea – we are beginning to turn the corner in our fight against Ebola. But as the Prime Minister and President Obama set out last week, we must improve how we face down the threat from diseases and get better at responding collectively to these global health emergencies. The Prime Minister has set out two specific areas where he would like to see immediate progress prior to the G20 at the end of this year:
- A new international rapid-response team of epidemiologists who can deploy to assess risks from new disease outbreaks as they emerge.
- Development of an international platform to support rapid discovery, development, and deployment of new drugs and treatments in response to new global threats.
We look forward to hearing the outcomes from today’s discussion, and to exploring these issues further in coming months.
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