Professor Opal writes op-ed with physician-father about need to prepare health systems for future pandemics


Published: 19May2020

Professor and Departmental Chair Jason M. Opal and his father, Prof. Steven M. Opal (Alpert Medical School at Brown) have co-written an op-ed for the Globe and Mail on how health systems across the globe need funding and higher levels of preparation to deal with future pandemics. While humanity has been overrun by five different virus-brine pathogens in the last five decades, governments have slashed health care funding in the last decades. As a result, national health care systems are competing with each other for scarce resources during the current pandemic. Greater national efforts in preparing for a future pandemic and increased international efforts need to go hand in hand to be ready once the next pandemic arises.

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