IVI in the Media
Collective defense against threats needed
In the wake of Ebola, MERS and now Zika, IVI Director General Jerome Kim advocates for identifying gaps in research and development, coordination among stakeholders, monitoring and evaluating preparedness, and exploring funding options
The recent declaration on Zika as a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) is another call to action, and the spread of Zika is yet another reminder that we live in a global community, where threats are transnational and where a coordinated response is critical. Zika was one of the emerging infections that had been flagged by WHO in December, 2015 as a potentially important threat. The identification of serious complications of infection during pregnancy makes the need for effective options for prevention and treatment more urgent.
In an editorial published in the Korea JoongAng Daily, Dr. Jerome Kim explains why we need a collective defense approach that will require coordination, collaboration and resources at an international scale in order to combat priority pathogens that pose a threat to global public health. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3014741