Killer global health threats should be treated like terrorism, says Chief Medical Officer 


Britain must tackle killer health threats from abroad in the same way it handles terrorism, because deadly infections know no borders, the government’s chief medical officer has said.

In her final report before stepping down to become the first female Master of Trinity College Cambridge, Dame Sally Davies said the UK must adopt a similar approach to global health as does with its counter-terrorism (CONTEST) strategy.

The strategy brings together intelligence organisations from across the world to ‘prevent, pursue, protect and prepare’ for a terrorist attack and ensures countries act swiftly together in the event of an atrocity.

Dame Sally said Britain must adopt a similar approach to stop pandemics…


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