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Bill Gates
Building local capacity to fight epidemics
Building local capacity to fight epidemics

The arduous and painful lessons learned from the ongoing Ebola outbreak and other recent epidemics like SARS, MERS, Chikungunya, influenza and of course HIV/AIDS, demonstrate how vulnerable the global community is to viral infections and how rapidly a virus outbreak in one part of the world can quickly shut down operations and harm people in distant countries. Most of the recent calls to action to combat global viruses emphasize increasing health care system capacity to detect pathogens in all countries and establishing a reserve group of experts who can travel to hotspots of infections. While these efforts are important, the Global Virus Network (GVN), a Baltimore-based non-profit...