With the current momentum to do more to facilitate the detection and response to viral infections, we encourage national and global public policy makers, business leaders and academic leaders to increase support for the training of the next generation of medical virologists as part of comprehensive pandemic preparedness plans. Senior leaders in virology should redouble efforts to inspire the next generation to pursue and flourish in medical virology careers. And government and private sector leaders should step up investments in training of tomorrow's virologists as a critical element of pandemic preparedness plans. Acting together, and with urgency, we can safeguard our future against pandemics by supporting a cadre of well-trained medical virologists globally. Without such a force of viral disease experts, we are all at risk.