The Characteristics of Pandemic Pathogens

Adalja, A., Watson, M., Toner, E., et al. (2018). The Characteristics of Pandemic Pathogens. Johns Hopkins University.
The authors of this report identify traits of global catastrophic biological risk organisms (GCBRs; "biological agents...[that] could lead to sudden, extraordinary, widespread disaster beyond the collective capability of national and international governments and the private sector to control.” Based on a literature review, subject matter expert interviews, and a meeting of experts, they argue that a framework based on biologic and epidemiologic traits provides an open-ended, pathogen-agnostic approach to preparedness.
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