President of the World Bank Group: “Are We Prepared for the Next Global Epidemic? The Public Doesn't Think So”


A new op-ed by the president of the World Bank Group, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, cites Greenberg Quinlan Rosner’s recent survey of five developed countries, which reveals that the public's in these countries don’t think the world is ready for another epidemic.  “New polling suggests that many in the public understand very well how global infectious disease outbreaks pose a serious threat to their lives and economic security - and they know what should be done about it,” writes Dr. Kim.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner’s survey of 4,000 respondents in France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States shows that twice as many respondents think the world will experience another global epidemic in the next decade as will not, and fewer than half are convinced that their own country is prepared. Dr. Kim suggests three things the global community needs to do to ensure we’re ready: make sure all countries invest in better preparedness; establish a smarter, better coordinated global epidemic preparedness and response system; and guarantee that we can get emergency funding to where it’s needed quickly and deploy rapid response teams at the first sign of a crisis.

Read more about the survey here.