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Virus Hunters Call for Early-Warning System

Bloomberg News quoted Anne Rimoin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of epidemiology and director of the Fielding School’s UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, about the need for a strong and well-funded international effort to prevent disease outbreaks. Rimoin spoke as a panelist at the annual Bloomberg New Economy Forum; Dr. Zunyou Wu, Fielding School professor of epidemiology, spoke on a separate panel.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
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Three of the world’s top virus hunters said that nations need to invest in systems that would detect emerging viruses before they infect people and spread around the world.

“We haven’t had the kind of early-warning system and investment in this kind of early-warning system that we’ve needed from the very beginning,” said Anne Rimoin, a professor or epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. “We really need to be able to invest in protecting ourselves from viruses.”

Rimoin spoke on a panel with Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance and Linfa Wang, director of the program in emerging infectious diseases at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore.

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