All Roads Must Lead to Public Health

Lynn C. Klotz and Edward J. Sylvester

in Breeding Bio Insecurity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226444055
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226444079 | DOI:
All Roads Must Lead to Public Health

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The government assesses the relative likelihood and consequences of bioweapons, pandemic flu, and annual infectious disease threats in three different “boxes” so the yearly threats never get compared to bioweapons; only a combined risk assessment makes sense for the determination of a health hazard's true impact. The term “risk” is used as an indicator of the seriousness of a threat, arrived at by multiplying the consequences of the threat by the probability of occurrence. The problems raised due to untested drugs might be solved by a “Safety Clinical Trial Rapid Response Network,” which would be set to begin drug safety trials and the new drug would move quickly through a series of safety trials. Addressing real public health threats and improving international transparency and cooperation must be the focus of the efforts, marking an enlightened approach to biosecurity.

Keywords: bioweapons; threats; risk assessment; risk; Safety Clinical Trial Rapid Response Network; safety trials; public threat; biosecurity

Chapter.  8440 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biotechnology

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