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Amadou Sall, Andrew Kitua, and Beth Cameron. "Frontline Perspectives on Pandemic Preparedness." CSIS Commission on Strengthening America's Health Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies, May 31, 2018. Accessed May 11, 2022. https://healthsecurity.csis.org/articles/frontline-perspectives-on-pandemic-preparedness/

Beth Cameron, CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security expert advisor and Vice President of Global Biological Policy and Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, discusses global health security and pandemic preparedness efforts with Amadou Sall and Andrew Kitua.

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CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security expert advisory group member Beth Cameron, Vice President of Global Biological Policy and Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, hosted this podcast with Amadou Sall, CEO of Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal, and Andrew Kitua, Africa Regional Director of the USAID Preparedness and Response project for the CSIS Global Health Policy Center podcast series “Take as Directed”. They discussed challenges and successes in global health security and ongoing pandemic preparedness efforts.

The world of global health security was awash in headlines in May 2018—from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to the elimination of the Global Health Security Directorate within the White House National Security Council staff. This episode of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center podcast series Take as Directed features three leading health security experts with substantial frontline experience who discuss the state of preparedness around the world, gaps and priorities looking ahead, and how to maintain pandemic preparedness as a high-level political priority in times of peace. Beth Cameron, Vice President of Global Biological Policy and Programs at the Nuclear Threat Initiative and a member of the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security expert advisory group, serves as the guest host for this discussion, alongside featured guests Amadou Sall, CEO of Pasteur Institute in Dakar, Senegal, and Andrew Kitua, Africa Regional Director of the USAID Preparedness and Response project.

Hosted by Beth Cameron, produced by Alex Bush, and edited by Ribka Gemilangsari at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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