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Tuesday, June 14, 2005


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News Advisory

The Threat of Global Pandemics
Council on Foreign Relations — DC On-The-Record Meeting

Anthony S. Fauci
Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Laurie Garrett
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations

Michael Osterholm
Director, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota
Associate Director, National Center for Food Protection, Department of Homeland Security
Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

James F. Hoge, Jr.
Peter G. Peterson Chair, Editor, Foreign Affairs, presiding

International health officials are warning that a deadly avian influenza virus may soon spread rapidly, overwhelming unprepared health systems in rich and poor countries alike. As a call to action, the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs includes a special set of articles on the threat of global pandemics. In collaboration with Nature magazine, Foreign Affairs has provided this coverage to assist the efforts of the Royal Institution World Science Assembly.

Also participating:
Rita Colwell
Chair, Royal Institution World Science Assembly Pandemic Preparedness Project
Former Director, National Science Foundation
Chair, Canon U.S. Life Sciences, Inc.
Distinguished University Professor, the University of Maryland at College Park
and the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

Thursday, June 16, 2005
7:30-8:00 a.m. Camera Crew Registration
8:00-8:30 a.m. Press Registration and Breakfast
8:30-9:30 a.m. Meeting**

Council on Foreign Relations
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036

Note: This event is open to accredited journalists only.
(Please inform if you will be accompanied by a camera crew or if you have special AV needs.)
**RSVP is required**

Email DCpressRSVP@cfr.org or call 202-518-3428

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