Unseen Enemy

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Laurie Garrett collaborated with award-winning director Janet Tobias and some of the world's top experts in a CNN documentary that explores lurking viruses and bacteria that may create the next global pandemic.

Aired on CNN in April 2017. 

Ending Pandemics in Our Lifetime – Hosted by Skoll Global Threats Fund

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Ebola, Zika, SARS … the world knows all too well that no one is safe from the threat of emerging infectious diseases. The scale and devastation posed by a real pandemic could reach millions of people and cost the world more than $60 billion. It will take all of us to prevent that from happening. From social entrepreneurs working on the frontlines of health to those working in technology and innovation, this work goes beyond traditional partnerships. Laurie Garrett joined a panel of leaders from the fields of global health and economic development at the 2017 Skoll World Forum for an inspiring discussion on how effective global and local collaboration can prevent the next pandemic. 

Is Zika just the Beginning?

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How many viruses are waiting to spread around the world and kill us all?! Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett talks about how it’s hard to know what virus will cause the next pandemic due to rapid mutation. Learn how unknown bacteria and viruses are being discovered, and how we may be able to combat them. 

Losing Lives to Save Lives: Targeting Humanitarian Workers in Conflict Zones

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Laurie Garrett moderated a panel at the Council on Foreign Relations in June 2016 with Jason Cone (Executive Director of Doctors Without Borders USA), Yves Daccord (Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross), and Len Rubenstein (Director of the Program on Human Rights, Health, and Conflict at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health) on the targeting of humanitarian workers in conflict zones. 

Addressing global health emergencies: lessons from AIDS to Ebola, Zika, and other emerging epidemics - Side-event at the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

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Laurie Garrett chaired a panel on addressing global health emergencies at the 2016 UNAIDS High Level Meeting at the United Nations Headquarters.

There are striking similarities between HIV and more recent outbreaks of Ebola and Zika. At the onset of all epidemics little was known about the origin of the outbreak and the mode of transmission; mortality was high both for Ebola and AIDS. This lack of knowledge and an inadequate response lead to fear, stigma and discrimination of individuals and communities. All three epidemics have shown the need for political leadership, a sustained multisectoral approach, combining biomedical, behavioural and structural interventions and the importance of involving communities from the start. This side event will focus on lessons learned and how these can contribute to strengthening health systems and community responses, as well as long-term sustainable investments in services and research.

Watch the video of the entire panel discussion here. Posted June 2016. 

Zombie Fungi, Spores and Viruses with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Laurie Garrett

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Could the fungus that turns ants in the rain forest into zombies attack humans? Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice discuss the various ways fungi and bacterial spores invade our personal ecology with infectious disease expert Laurie Garrett, from tasty fungi like Shiitake mushrooms to athlete's foot and jock itch. Enjoy this Cosmic Query from StarTalk Radio. 

StarTalk: "Side Order of Science" Viral Lightning Round

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Laurie Garrett is quizzed by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice on her knowledge of epidemics and virology on the radio show, StarTalk. 

Can dangerous pathogens spread via clouds and rain? What was the deadliest plague in history: the Influenza Epidemic of 1918 or the Black Death ? Are we more vulnerable to pandemics today due to air and sea travel? Is the measles outbreak in Wales a result of the anti-vaccination movement?

Liberia and Guinea meet key targets in Ebola fight as Sierra Leone lags

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The World Health Organization reported that both Liberia and Guinea have hit key health targets by isolating Ebola patients and safely burying victims. Even so, the fight to end Ebola is far from over. Judy Woodruff talks to Laurie Garrett on PBS NewsHour on December 1, 2014 about why some Ebola treatment centers are empty and why money pledged to end the outbreak hasn’t materialized.

Watch the full video here.  

How vulnerable is America to Ebola?

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Forty-one percent of Americans have little to no confidence that the government can prevent a major Ebola outbreak in the United States. NBC's John Yang and Sarah Dalloff report the latest on the Ebola patients being treated in the United States on MSNBC's The Cycle on October 6, 2014. Then, Laurie Garrett talks about the challenges of stopping Ebola in a globalized world.

Watch the full interview here

Ebola Crisis

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On Charlie Rose on October 2, a conversation with Dr. Jon Lapook of CBS News, who looks at the Ebola crisis with Laurie Garrett, Bryan Walsh from Time magazine, and William Schaffner from Vanderbilt University.



Is Ebola response too little too late?

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As the United States prepares to take the lead in the fight against Ebola, is it too little too late? Laurie Garrett from joins MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show on Saturday, September 20, 2014 to discuss.

Watch the full video here

Ebola Control and the Current Outbreak

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As part of the NIH Global Health Interest Group on global health “hot topics,” Laurie Garrett gives a talk on the current Ebola outbreak on September 11, 2014, and explains why this public health emergency is a national security threat. Laurie’s speech begins at 2:09.