What journalists should know about avian flu and pandemic preparedness

Thursday May 18, 2023
2:00 pm

The global COVID-19 public health emergency was declared over by the World Health Organization, but public health officials need to remain vigilant for the next one. Could it be avian flu or a different pathogen that jumps from animals to people? At the end of May, the federal government is launching the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to monitor and respond to biological threats involving human, zoonotic and foreign animal diseases.

Ambika Bumb, Deputy Executive Director of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, will talk about what reporters need to know about zoonotic threats, the biodefense of animal agriculture, and the reasons to keep writing about pandemic preparedness, particularly given legislation pending in Congress this year. She will also speak to what kind of government plan is required to reduce the risk of another global pandemic in the near future.

This webinar, hosted by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, is available here.